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Woman in Jail After Drunken Assault

ELIZABETH BRAYKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A woman who attempted to shoot her husband with an automatic pistol was sentenced to 90 months in prison today. Elizabeth Bray was charged with Assault in the First Degree, she has received the Measure 11 mandatory minimum sentence for that charge.  Bray was convicted on an 11-1 verdict by a Klamath County Jury on Feb. 7, 2014.

On Nov. 2, 2010 at about 7:00 p.m., Bray was reportedly intoxicated and went into a back bedroom of her home and grabbed an automatic pistol. Officials said, she walked into the kitchen and attempted to shoot her husband twice from across the room and behind the kitchen counter, the gun misfired both times. On the third attempt, she shot her husband in the left shoulder.

A testimony before the trial showed that Bray had told people before the shooting that she was angry and was planning on shooting her husband.

When the paramedics arrived on scene, they found Bray’s husband without a detectable pulse until they began CPR. He was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center where he remained for “substantial” time, according to a press release from the Klamath County District Attorney’s office.

The defense in the case presented a case that the defendant was acting in self-defense, however, the jury concluded that she was not.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge said about the Bray case, “This was not a case of self-defense; Elizabeth Bray had been drinking and was mad at her husband. Pulling the trigger on a gun three times from behind a counter until you shoot someone is absolutely a crime.”

“I hope this case sends a message to the community that it is alright for family and friends to intervene if they know there are alcohol and violence related issues.  Only by families and community members watching out for each other can we stem crimes of this type,” District Attorney Rob Patridge concluded.