Springfield, Mo. -- (3/6/2018) A Brighton man was convicted on Monday after shooting at his ex-girlfriend.
39-year-old Larry D. Presley was convicted of discharging a firearm at a person, armed criminal action, domestic assault and armed criminal action, for firing a shotgun at his ex-girlfriend as she tried to leave his residence in 2014.
The defendant was found not guilty of assault in the second degree and armed criminal action that stemmed from the same incident where the charged victim was the driver of the vehicle.
Presley’s ex-girlfriend testified at trial, saying that she briefly reconciled with Presley in April 2014, so that she would be able to spend more time with her children. After several days at his residence, she became concerned because she said Presley was drinking heavily and becoming controlling. She testified that he also smashed her phone in that period. She made plans to leave him again and coordinated with a friend to pick her up. As she was leaving the residence, she heard the sound of a firearm, then felt a burning in her head, and realized she had been shot.
The victim and her friend were able to leave the scene and called law enforcement. Officers with the
Greene County Sheriff’s Office responded and saw that the victim had a significant amount of blood on her face and observed damage to the vehicle that was consistent with damage from a shotgun blast.
Detectives from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene and found two holes in the bedroom screen window consistent with two bullet holes, found two shotgun shells in the trashcan and numerous firearms inside the defendant’s bedroom.
Presley was interviewed and admitted that he fired the shotgun at the vehicle when it was driving away from his house.
Sentencing has been set for June 8 at 2:30 p.n. following an assessment by Probation and Parole.