LeRoy mom sentenced after shooting at building she thought her daughter was in

Published 11:03 am Friday, January 18, 2013

A LeRoy woman charged for shooting at a building she thought her daughter was in and for previously stealing metal from Next Generation Pork was convicted of two felonies Thursday.

Marina Cathlina Young, 36, was sentenced to 10 years’ supervised probation and must pay more than $2,800 in restitution for firing a dangerous weapon within a municipality, and for theft, both felonies.

In one case, Young told officers she had not seen her daughter since the previous day and that she could be hiding in a vacant building. A man working on top of a grain bin told officers saw a woman fire shots at a nearby building that morning. The man watched the woman, later identified as Young, shoot the lock on the building door.

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According to the witness, Young said, “If you’re in there, you’re dead.” The witness said Young put the gun in her car and entered the building with two of her other children.

The officer spoke with Young at her home and according to the complaint, Young said she believed her daughter was “dead or frozen” inside the building, so she fired shots at the door using a .22 caliber rifle and used a sledgehammer to break inside.

The child was later found unharmed and returned to school that day. As part of Young’s sentencing guidelines, all firearms must be removed from her home.

In an earlier case, officials from Next Generation Pork accused Young and her husband of taking more than $5,600 worth of items from the business and selling them as scrap metal in 2011. Court records also show she was convicted of misdemeanor theft by swindle in Steele County Court in 2010.