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Woman released with time served for trying to kill abusive husband by blowing up house

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A Manitoba woman will do no further jail time for trying to kill her emotionally abusive husband by blowing up their house while he slept.

Renee Korobanik pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the August 2011 incident near Steinbach. She returned to court Thursday for sentencing.

Korobanik, 50, admits carrying out a plan which included closing all the windows in the home, turning on all the burners and filling the residence with propane before evacuating both herself and the family pets.

Amazingly, only a small explosion occurred and the 54-year-old victim suffered minor burns to the face before escaping.

"The difference between murder and attempted murder is often just luck," provincial court Judge Tim Killeen said Thursday.

The Crown was seeking up to six years in prison for Korobanik. But Killeen ruled she should be released immediately from custody with a sentence of 30 months time already served, followed by three years of probation.

Killeen cited the troubled relationship between Korobanik and her husband as the major reason for leniency. The man was actually facing uttering threat charges at the time of the incident and under a court order not to have contact with Korobanik.

But she agreed to take him back in the home, largely due to issues of isolation and anxiety, court was told.

Korobanik had no friends, having uprooted her life to move with her husband to Manitoba from their original home in Ontario. He would repeatedly berate and intimidate her while drinking heavily, and she turned to alcohol and pills to get her through the days.

As well, Korobanik suffered an awful upbringing which included being abused at the hands of several family members and even a school teacher, court was told. She had also endured a tumultuous first marriage which impacted how she reacted to problems in this second marriage.

"Her self-esteem and judgment were so impaired as to make it near impossible to leave," said Killeen. "She told police she didn’t want him to suffer. She just wanted him to die peacefully in his sleep."

Korobanik and her husband have now both expressed interest in resuming their relationship despite the fact she admits to trying to murder him. Killeen said Thursday that shows how complex this relationship truly is.

www.mikeoncrime.com

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