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Former Henderson coach calls shooting death of wife "horrible accident"

Steven Cotter. Source: Henderson County Detention Center Steven Cotter. Source: Henderson County Detention Center
Michelle Cotter Michelle Cotter

Steven Cotter called his crime a horrible accident, and talked about how much he loved his wife as he was sentenced Monday morning for his role in her death.

The former Henderson coach plead guilty to 2nd degree manslaughter, and will now spend up to 7 years behind bars.

In April, the 37-year old entered an Alford plea on a charge of second degree manslaughter.

In an "Alford Plea", the criminal defendant does not admit to guilt, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

Cotter was indicted in January by a Henderson County Grand Jury, accused of murdering his wife, Michelle Cotter.

He was an assistant coach of the high school boys soccer team. She was an assistant dance team coach and guidance counselor.

Early in the morning, on May 15, 2012, officials found 39-year-old Michelle Lewis Cotter in the couple's home on Cardinal Lane, with a gunshot wound.

It took seven months for any charges to be filed in this case.

Stephen told the court, this morning, it is his dream to finish this sentence and return to coaching to "support Michelle's life mission."

Cotter is now headed to the Henderson County Detention Center to start serving his sentence.

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