Columbia woman pleads guilty to assault in shooting incident

The Columbia woman accused of shooting at private process server outside her sister's Columbia home pleaded guilty to one assault charge this week in Howard County Circuit Court.

Shirley Ann Bolton, 59, of the 8700 block of Carriage Hill Drive, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in connection with the incident, which occurred on June 3, 2013 in front of Judge Louis A. Becker on Aug. 19, just prior to beginning jury selection for her attempted murder trial. 

Bolton, who was originally indicted on two attempted murder and one gun charge, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 21. Becker ordered pre-sentence evaluation and forensic psychological evaluation prior to the sentencing. 

According to Howard County Police, Bolton, without warning, fired a shot at a private process server who was attempting to serve a subpoena to her sister on June 6. Police said that after the shot missed the server, Bolton threatened to shoot and kill the man. The man hid behind his truck and was unharmed.

Police said that when uniformed officers responded to the 8700 block of Carriage Hills Drive, Bolton was still holding the handgun and it took several orders from officers before she dropped the weapon.

Bolton's sister, who called 911, told police she was on the phone with the 911 operator when the shot was fired.

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