LIMA — A Lima woman convicted by an Allen County jury in February of firing her handgun through the wall of a Brower Road residence in September 2018 was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.
Julia Slayton, 36, was charged in a Bill of Information issued in September 2018 with a second-degree felony count of discharging a weapon into a habitation or a school safety zone. She elected to take her case to trial and, against the advice of her attorney, took the witness stand on her own behalf. Jurors deliberated for just over an hour before finding Slayton guilty.
Judge Jeffrey Reed on Monday sentenced Slayton to a mandatory three-year prison term for the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime and an additional three years for discharging that weapon into a residence.
During her trial testimony, the woman veered off-topic frequently when attempting to respond to questions first from her own court-appointed attorney and later from Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tony Miller.
Slayton admitted she had a handgun in her possession on Sept. 4, 2018, in the vicinity of a residence at 1021 Brower Road but said she could not recall if she discharged it. Police officers who responded to the scene on Sept. 4, 2018, testified Tuesday that Slayton seemed “out of it” when they attempted to talk to her that day.
The bullet that prosecutors say was fired from Slayton’s weapon entered the home on Brower Road. Ballistic tests determined the projectile was fired from the weapon police found in Slayton’s possession that day. A live cartridge found inside a nearby residence at the Willow Lake Apartments on Lake Circle Drive, where Slayton was staying with a friend, also matched both the weapon and the bullet found.