The cheating Long Island bride who killed her millionaire husband just eight days after their wedding ceremony - incorrectly believing she would inherit his wealth - was sentenced yesterday to 21 years behind bars.
A whimpering Kelly Forbes, 30, stuck to her discredited story of self-defense in a Mineola courtroom, telling Judge Jerald Carter she had "always been a loving, caring person" and claiming to have been abused by her husband, Michael Forbes, 50, of Merrick.
But she refused to face her husband's mother and his daughter from a prior marriage in the courtroom and would not look at pictures of Michael that were displayed in court.
"You are something. Kelly, can you see this?" Aretha Forbes, 73, said, holding up a photo of her son. "This is my son. I still believe that Michael was not only killed but robbed. His murder was premeditated."
Kelly - who, at 5-foot-5, 150 pounds, was about eight inches shorter and 100 pounds lighter than her karate-expert husband - had claimed she strangled him in self-defense after he attacked her in November 2007.
"The nerve of you to take my son's life. Who gave you the authority to take his life?" the teary-eyed mother said.
Michael's daughter, Michele, asked, "Kelly, why did you do this to my father?
". . . Who's going to walk me down the aisle when it's my turn to get married? In my eyes, you are nothing but a killer and a family destroyer."
Kelly Forbes told the judge she was not "cold, mean and greedy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Am I the perfect wife, sister, friend or mother? No. I am human, with flaws and weaknesses."
She was pregnant with another man's child when she married Michael and dated several men during their relationship, sources said.
Carter was quick to point out that after she strangled her husband with an electrical cord, she did not call for an ambulance for more than an hour. Instead, she called her boyfriend.
"To strangle somebody to death takes time, takes pressure, takes intent," Carter said. "Whether it was self-defense or not, a jury has determined it was not."
That jury convicted Forbes of manslaughter in June.
"Evil, that's what she is," Aretha Forbes said outside court. "I think she murdered him for the money."
Michael Forbes ran a successful barbershop in Brooklyn, was set to open two fast-food restaurants and had just moved into a $1 million Merrick home with Kelly. His assets, however, were left in his parents' names.