A man charged with shooting his estranged wife in the face this past year pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lessor charge in exchange for a three-year probated sentence with no immediate finding of guilt.
Sigmund Turner, 46, faced up to life in prison on his first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault for the Jan. 18, 2015, crime.
Turner pleaded guilty to deadly conduct, a third-degree felony, before 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles, who accepted the deal worked out between Assistant District Attorney Chris Botto and defender Jason Cassel.
His estranged wife, Zelma Turner, was not in the courtroom Tuesday.
“My life is worth more than that,” she said on the phone later, sobbing. “I don’t know what to say. All I can say is (Botto) didn’t fight for me at all. He didn’t listen to me.”
At the hearing, Cassel told the judge that both Turners had guns the night of the shooting, with the wife having a shotgun.
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