LIMA — A woman who shot her boyfriend when he tried to stop her from leaving the house with her child after she had used drugs pleaded guilty Thursday to felonious assault.
Carri Breckenridge, 29, will face up to eight years in prison on the second-degree felony. She is scheduled to be sentenced July 15 in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
In exchange for the plea, the prosecution dismissed the gun specification, which carries a mandatory three-year sentence and the charge of having a gun under a court sanction.
The shooting took place Feb. 25 inside a home on Prospect Avenue where she lived with her boyfriend, Adam Hicks, 28, whom she shot with a .45 caliber handgun. He survived.
The shooting happened when Breckenridge was using heroin and tried to leave with her 3-year-old daughter. Hicks did not think it was safe for Breckenridge to take the child and confronted her, police said.
The shooting happened during the fight, police said.
Breckenridge tried to tell a detective the shooting was an accident and the gun accidentally fired, hitting Hicks in the chest, a detective said.
Breckenridge also told a different story initially saying that Hicks was holding her by the wrist when the gun was fired, police said.
Hicks said Breckenridge threatened to harm him and had to rack a round into the chamber. He told the detective the gun was stored unloaded without the magazine seated in the gun’s magazine well, the detective said. Essentially, it could not have gone off accidently.