A Baltimore woman who was driving and pointed a gun out her car window at another vehicle in a road rage incident was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison with all but six months suspended, according to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Michelle Hutson, 29, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in Howard County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
As part of her plea agreement, Hutson was placed on two years of supervised prohibition, and required to undergo mental health treatment, pay court fines and have no contact with the victim. Hutson will not be allowed to legally possess any regulated firearms.
On May 25 at about 8:30 p.m., Hutson was traveling on Interstate 95 near Montgomery Road in Howard County when a Maryland state trooper was dispatched to the area “for a report of road rage incident involving a handgun,” according to the state’s attorney’s office.
The unidentified female victim told the state trooper that after changing lanes on I-95, Hutson turned on her high beams and “began to tailgate” the victim.
“For Ms. Hutson to deliberately point a potentially, deadly weapon in the direction of our victim takes this incident to a new level. No one should have a gun, loaded or unloaded, pointed at them and be in fear of their life while driving on the highway.”