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Carol Evans-West

Woman sentenced for firing shots at man

A Talent woman was sentenced Tuesday to one year and eight months in prison for firing shots at her boyfriend while drunk.

Carol Evans-West, 56, of the 3500 block of Arrowhead Drive entered no-contest pleas to two counts of attempted first-degree assault.

Evans-West did not admit guilt with the no-contest pleas, but she conceded the prosecution could likely prove its case at trial.

Defense lawyer Christine Herbert said Evans-West was highly intoxicated at the time of the Jan. 31 incident and doesn’t remember the specifics of what happened.

Two bullet holes were found at the scene, Herbert said.

According to a probable cause affidavit by a Medford police officer who responded to a report of shots fired, Evans-West fired a gun within six inches of her boyfriend’s head while he was sitting in the living room of their home.

The man ran to his bedroom and Evans-West fired another shot through the closed door, saying, “You better lock your door or I will shoot you,” the affidavit said.

The man suffered no injuries, the affidavit said.

Evans-West was uncooperative during the police officers’ investigation and had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent when she was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, the affidavit said. The legal limit for adult drivers in Oregon is 0.08 percent.

Herbert said Evans-West was from Virginia and moved to Oregon to live with the man. Herbert said Evans-West indicated she was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of the man.

Evans-West will receive credit toward her prison sentence for the six months she has been held in jail awaiting the outcome of her case, according to her sentence terms.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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