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Lawyer gets 3 years for shooting at US census worker

Posted Jun 12, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After nearly five hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced a Texas lawyer on Tuesday to three years in prison for firing five shots in 2010 at a U.S. census worker as the woman was trying to get the house number at the lawyer's residence in the Leander area.

Attorney Carolyn Barnes could have gotten as much as 20 years for the aggravated assault conviction, the Statesman reports.

The census worker, who was not injured, said she heard a shot, turned around, and saw Barnes pointing a revolver at her. She heard four more shots as she fled the scene.

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