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NEW ALBANY, Ind. – A southern Indiana woman who prosecutors say fatally shot a Kentucky man during a sexual role-playing game has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Lisa Shuler, 32, of New Albany apologized during a hearing Wednesday in a Floyd County courtroom for shooting and killing 49-year-old Charles Pierce of Louisville, Ky., last fall.

Shuler said she brought shame to her own family and hurt Pierce’s family.

“I know I can’t take away their hurt or pain,” she said during a brief statement.

She pleaded guilty to murder in January.

Shuler first told 911 dispatchers that Pierce was a home intruder. Later, however, she told investigators that she and Pierce had been involved in “rape fantasy” role play.

According to an affidavit, Pierce pulled a gun from a holster on her belt and fired the weapon until it was empty. Investigators found the man had been shot multiple times with a .40-caliber handgun at close range. He was rushed to a hospital, but died a short time later.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steven Owen said Shuler feared Pierce intended to pass photos of them having sex onto her estranged husband and that the killing was premeditated.

Owen read a statement by Pierce’s mother, Mildred Pierce, during the hearing, the News and Tribune reported ( ).

“I lost my youngest son,” she said in the statement. “The hole that has been left cannot ever be filled.”

Shuler’s grandmother, Iretta Michael, said the slaying should never have taken place.

“If it hadn’t been for drugs, alcohol and perverse sex, neither one of them would be lost,” she said.