A Kalamazoo County woman plead guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the Valentine’s Day 2017 killing of her husband.
As part of a plea deal, entered in Kalamazoo County District Court, Janel Boer, 44, confessed to shooting and killing her husband, Gregory Boer, who was found shot in the head by police after she called 911.
Boer originally told emergency dispatchers that she had been in an argument with her estranged husband and that he had shot her first, before killing himself.
When police arrived, they found Gregory Boer dead in the basement of the home on South 36th Street in Pavillion Township. He had been shot in the head.
Janel Boer was in the garage, police said, with a gunshot wound to the arm.
Investigators soon said, however, that evidence collected at the home failed to support Janel Boer’s explanation of the events. Forensic pathologists reviewing the evidence agreed.
Facing a slew of charges in the killing and cover up, Boer came clean and admitted in court Thursday to shooting and killing her husband, ultimately pleading guilty.
Gregory Boer's mother maintained her composure as she expressed how difficult this process has been.
"It's been pretty damn rough, I'll tell you that. It's not something I would want to wish on anyone. At least today this is a good resolution and gives us a bit of closure," said Sharon Boer.
Boer’s attorney said her plea was the appropriate course of action, so that she can eventually see her son again.
"Janel Boer is going to have an opportunity to gain her freedom again,” attorney Sarissa Montague said. “We have worked very, very hard. We have explored many options and most of all we are very pleased that at some point not so far away she will be able to have her freedom."
Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said this year-long nightmare has been emotionally draining for the family.
"I can't ever put myself in their shoes. This kind of thing tears apart entire worlds. Their family is changed forever going forward," said Getting.
Boer could face up to 19 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12.