BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Robin Kalinowski was sentenced to 25 years to life for shooting her husband Kevin Kalinowski execution style, while he slept at their Riverside home in 2005.
"I am very grateful she ( Judge Penny Wolfgang) passed out the maximum sentence. She is a monster who stopped at nothing," the victim's sister Laurie Botwin said.
This is Kalinowski's third trial, and second conviction for the same crime. Her first trial ended in a hung jury. The second conviction was overturned by appeal. Now, it is likely she will spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Although Kevin's family said she deserves this punishment, Robin's cousin Gary Starr paints a different picture.
"My concern is this picture of her being a terrible person. People turned on her, but she was a very caring and involved person," Starr said.
In court, the victim's brother Ken Kalinowski recapped a lot of the trial. He talked about other hardships the couple faced, including Robin's extra-marital affair and legal trouble with embezzlement. He also spoke out about what this death has done to the entire family, including Robin's two teen boys.
"His passion was his two sons and they never got a chance to realize how special their father really was," the victim's Brother Ken Kalinowski said.
Starr had this to add about his family.
"We lost Kevin too. Robin loved Kevin, her mother loved Kevin so we had a great loss too," Starr said.
Kalinowski didn't have much to say in court.
"Anything to say Ms. Kalinowski?" Erie County Judge Penny Wolfgang said.
"No your honor," Kalinowski said.