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1150772 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-02-10 20:22:46.0 UTC 2011-02-10T15:22:46.000-05:00 riverview-woman-who-claimed-self-defense-convicted-of-murder Published 2011-02-11 03:10:50.0 UTC 2011-02-10T22:10:50.000-05:00 news/courts/criminal DTI 71954346 TAMPA — After less than three hours of deliberation, a jury found Tamra Leasure guilty of second-degree murder Thursday, rejecting her claim that she fired three times in self-defense. Leasure, 45, of Riverview was taken into custody and her bond was revoked. Tears poured from family members on both sides of the courtroom. "I love you, beautiful," Leasure told her 16-year-old daughter, cradling her teary face and kissing her before she was led away. On March 5, 2009, Leasure shot Arthur Tilley, 57, three times, killing him in her kitchen. She claimed she acted in self-defense, trying to protect herself from a drunk friend who told her he was going to kill her, shoved her and came at her. Law enforcement officials testified that Leasure lied at first about shooting Tilley and kept changing her story. Leasure will be sentenced March 14. Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Her attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said they are considering an appeal. By Stephanie Wang, Times Staff Writer Hillsborough,News,Courts,breaking-news,Criminal Riverview woman who claimed self-defense convicted of murder SWANGN TAM Tampa &amp; State dhvr5 dhvr5 Jury rejects woman's plea of self-defense Tampa, Riverview 3 leasure021111.2st Jury rejects woman's plea of self-defense 2011-02-11 05:00:00.0 UTC 2011-02-11T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/02/10/71954346-riverview-woman-who-claimed-self-defense-convicted-of-murder StaffArticle news,courtsCourtsnews,courts,criminalCriminal CourtsTAMPA — After less than three hours of deliberation, a jury found Tamra Leasure guilty of second-degree murder Thursday, rejecting her claim that she fired three times in self-defense.Hillsborough,News,Courts,breaking-news,CriminalHillsborough,News,Courts,breaking-news,Criminal<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">STEPHANIE WANG</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2285452 2016-07-14 23:21:26.0 UTC 1 Month Ago state-defense-debate-who-pulled-the-trigger-in-jose-adame-murder-trial news/courts/criminal State, defense debate who pulled the trigger in Jose Adame murder trial StaffArticle 2276166 2016-05-06 01:47:04.0 UTC 4 Months Ago new-murder-trial-ordered-for-florida-woman-who-kept-silent news/courts New murder trial ordered for Florida woman who kept silent StaffArticle 2264346 2016-02-05 22:41:46.0 UTC 7 Months Ago brooksville-man-convicted-on-second-degree-murder-charge news/courts/criminal Brooksville man convicted of second-degree murder StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — After less than three hours of deliberation, a jury found Tamra Leasure guilty of second-degree murder Thursday, rejecting her claim that she fired three times in self-defense.</p> <p>Leasure, 45, of Riverview was taken into custody and her bond was revoked. Tears poured from family members on both sides of the courtroom.</p> <p>&quot;I love you, beautiful,&quot; Leasure told her 16-year-old daughter, cradling her teary face and kissing her before she was led away.</p> <p>On March 5, 2009, Leasure shot Arthur Tilley, 57, three times, killing him in her kitchen. She claimed she acted in self-defense, trying to protect herself from a drunk friend who told her he was going to kill her, shoved her and came at her. Law enforcement officials testified that Leasure lied at first about shooting Tilley and kept changing her story.</p> <p>Leasure will be sentenced March 14. Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Her attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said they are considering an appeal.</p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:43:08