Shooter pleads to assault

A Craig woman charged with the attempted murder of her boyfriend pleaded guilty to a lesser crime in district court Monday.

Sandra Moore, 50, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in connection with the March 20, 2003, shooting of her boyfriend. It was one of four charges she faced. The charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and prohibited use of a weapon will be dismissed, said Dave Waite, Moffat County's chief deputy district attorney.

Second-degree assault is a mandatory prison offense, Waite said. Moore faces a possible sentence of between five and 16 years in prison.

Moore shot her former boyfriend, Ron Wyatt with a .357-caliber Taurus handgun, according to court documents. The night of the shooting, the couple had been out drinking and returned to their trailer in the 1600 block of North Yampa Avenue. Wyatt told investigators he was lying on the couch when Moore fired two shots from the handgun. One bullet struck him in the shoulder and exited his back. The second bullet struck the television, court documents indicate.

The case was scheduled for a five-day jury trial beginning April 19. The trial was vacated, along with a motions hearing in the case that was set for later this week.

Moore will be sentenced March 15. She is being held at the Moffat County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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