Car burglar, 15, who shot elderly woman sentenced after victim asks for mercy on his behalf

Teen was suspect in other car break-ins around Dearborn Avenue

tchitwood@ledger-enqurier.comJuly 25, 2013 

A 15-year-old boy who shot an elderly Columbus woman while breaking into her car July 12 was sentenced today to up to five years in a juvenile detention facility, authorities said.

Prosecutor Wayne Jernigan said the teen broke into five cars, and from one took the gun he used to shoot the Dearborn Avenue resident who caught him inside her vehicle.

The sentence is to range from 48 to 60 months, Jernigan said, adding the boy likely would have got the full five years had the victim not asked the court to have mercy on her assailant.

The woman told police she was in her kitchen around at 4 a.m. that Friday when she noticed her car door was open. Thinking her husband left it open, she went outside to shut the door.

Then she saw the boy step from the car and point a pistol at her. He ordered her to “get down on the ground.” The woman was unable to comply immediately because she’d had knee-replacement surgery, Jernigan said. The boy shot her in the left leg and ran.

The juvenile was charged with aggravated assault of a person over age 65, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of firearm or knife during the commission or the attempt to commit crimes, possession of a handgun by a person under 18 and second-degree burglary.

Police said the juvenile was a suspect in other break-ins in the area. He was arrested the day of the shooting.

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