Robin Kalinowski Found Guilty

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) After a full day of deliberations, a State Supreme Court jury reported their decision.

"We find the defendant guilty," the jury foreman said.

The jury found 46 year old Robin Kalinowski guilty of second degree manslaughter, saying she shot and killed her husband in 2005 in their Buffalo Riverside Neighborhood home.

"It is our job as prosecutors to see that justice is done, and it has taken us a while but today the jury gave Kevin Kalinowski, gave his family, and gave the defendant herself justice," Prosecuting Attorney and Counsel to the District Attorney Thomas Finnerty said.

Members of the victim's family were in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

"I'm just so grateful that they returned a guilty verdict. And hopefully this is the last time and we can put this to rest once and for all," Kevin Kalinowski's sister Laurie Botwin said.

This was the third trial for Robin Kalinowski. The first ended with a hung jury, and the second in a conviction which was then thrown out on a technicality.

"To find that she was guilty again after the reversal was very gratifying because it's very difficult to go through this a second time and in this case a third time," Assistant District Attorney Michael Felicetta said.

Prosecutors pointed to an admitted affair between Robin Kalinowski and another man as a motive in this case. Kalinowski also admitted to hiring a State Police Officer, posing as a hit man, to kill her former lover. Kalinowski's defense team and members of her family did not speak to Eyewitness News following Thursday's proceeding in court.

Prosecutors say this case was not an easy one, but they believe it was the right outcome in the end.

"This is a good verdict, this is a just verdict, this is a fair verdict. And we look forward to making our sentencing recommendation in this case," Finnerty said.

"It's been very difficult for every one of us, my brother was a terrific person. Everybody loved him, everyone that met him just wanted to be around him. He was just a really fun guy," Laurie Botwin added.

Robin Kalinowski now faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.