A woman convicted of shooting a homeless man who asked her to move his Porsche and allegedly threatened her has not received any jail time in connection with the with crimeaccording to a local affiliate report.
Katie Quackenbush was sentenced on Thursday to serve 11 months and 29 days of probation for the August 26, 2017 shooting of Gerald Melton, 54, on Nashville’s famous Music Row, police and FOX 17 Nashville reported. Quackenbush was originally charged with attempted murder for the early morning shooting, but was instead convicted of misdemeanor reckless endangerment, the outlet reported.
Police said Melton was trying to sleep in the area and asked Quackenbush to move his SUV around 3 a.m. because the music was loud and the exhaust bothered him, FOX 17 reported. But the couple started to argue. Police said Melton was returning to where he was sleeping when the woman exited her vehicle and fired two shots at him, the outlet reported.
Melton was initially seriously injured, but survived his injuries. The woman fled the area and later told police she was defending herself when he threatened her life, according to the report.
During the two day trial in April, Quackenbush’s attorney, Peter J. Strianse, said his client feared for her safety and was trying to scare Melton, The Tennessean reported. She reportedly moved from Nashville to Texas after the shooting.
Meanwhile, Melton testified at the time that the woman asked him if he “wanted to die tonight,” The Tennessean reported. He also reportedly said he was walking away from Quackenbush when she shot him.
Katie’s father, Jesse Quackenbush, told FOX 17 the woman told Melton, “I have a gun. Get me away from the F.”
“She fired a shot as a warning, with no intention of hitting him or kill him“, Jesse Quackenbush told the news station. “She thought she was pointing far enough away from him to just scare him, and he kept coming, and she fired another shot.”