LIMA — A woman who shot her boyfriend when he tried to stop her from taking her baby after using heroin may be on her way to turning her life around but it was not enough to keep her from going to prison.
Judge Jeffrey Reed said Monday that Carri Breckenridge has to be punished for nearly killing her boyfriend.
“This cannot go unpunished,” Reed said. “This is inches, if not centimeters, away from a murder case.”
The judge sentenced the 29-year-old Breckenridge to three years in prison on the charge of felonious assault.
Breckenridge shot her 28-year-old boyfriend in the upper chest just above his heart with a .45-caliber handgun after he tried to stop her from taking her 3-year-old daughter with her. The shooting happened Feb. 25 inside a home on Prospect Avenue where the couple lived together.
Breckenridge apologized to her boyfriend, Adam Hicks. She also apologized to her 3-year-old daughter.
“She deserves a mother who is supposed to be there for her,” Breckenridge said.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser did not say a lot during the hearing. Kohlrieser told the judge Breckenridge had to cycle the slide on the gun to chamber a round in order to shoot her boyfriend.
Hicks told the judge he does not want Breckenridge to go to prison.
“I do really care for her,” he said. “We are expecting a child and I know that is in direct violation of the no-contact order. I do love her and I know she could be a productive member of society.”
Breckenridge made a final plea to the judge to remain out of prison asking for a chance to be a productive member of society.
“I am not a person who likes to cause people harm,” she said.
The judge told her she could apply for early release but there was no guarantee she would get it.
A background report on Breckenridge shows a lifelong journey of drug use. She began as an early teenager with marijuana. She drank alcohol and began using cocaine at 16. At 24, she tried heroin and was hooked.
“You probably never thought you would be in court because you shot someone,” Reed said. “You’re kind of an example of where it can lead.”