Shotgun suspect takes plea deal

Published 5:01pm Saturday, May 4, 2013

A suspect accused of pointing a shotgun at a woman in Austin on Jan. 13 has pleaded guilty in Mower County Court to terroristic threats, a felony. Another felony charge for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon was dismissed.

Police arrested Terry Lee Morgan, 58, in Mapleview Sunday night, Jan. 13, after a victim, who knows the suspect, said she had not seen him in several days. However, the victim awoke at her home in Austin to Morgan pointing a shotgun at her face, saying he was going to kill her, according to the court complaint.

The report adds the victim pushed the barrel of the gun away; however, the suspect again pointed it at her. The woman said Morgan “looked crazy,” and she feared he would kill her.

Morgan reportedly left the house in a red car after the woman managed to call police. Police later arrested Morgan in the 100 block of Graham Street in Mapleview without further incident. According to the court complaint, Morgan showed them where he had placed the single-shot, .410 shotgun, which was loaded with birdshot, under a wheelbarrow in the yard.

Morgan took the plea deal on Friday. His sentencing is set for Aug. 15.

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