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Former Army captain reaches plea deal in husband's murder in Port St. Lucie

Posted at 11:05 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 19:49:15-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — A former U.S. Army captain reached a plea deal Friday morning in the 2014 murder of her husband in their Port St. Lucie home.

Valerie Lowe, 58, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation.

Lowe was arrested in 2014.

On Friday, a judge gave her credit for time served. Therefore, she'll only spend another five years behind bars.

Investigators said Lowe shot her husband, Larry Daly, on Feb. 6, 2014. Lowe claimed they were in a domestic argument.

"I was laying in the bed, like he was going to punch me in my face once again," Lowe said in a 911 call. "We were arguing, and I shot him."

Family members said the couple had only been married for a few months.

"To say I forgive you, I was really grateful that I had the opportunity to do that because that enables me to close this door and be able to move forward in my healing," Elizabeth Daly, the victim's daughter, told WPTV after Friday's plea deal hearing.

Lowe's attorneys said she suffered from "battered woman syndrome," which may have caused her to kill her husband.

"I don’t think anyone is satisfied with this sentence and the plea deal," said Daly. "What I do believe though is that our family deserves peace and based on the last five years this gives us that peace."