Connie Kitterman Guilty of First Degree Assault
“I picked up a gun and I shot it, and a bullet hit a man.”
Those are the words Connie Kitterman, 44, spoke in Pine County Court, Thursday. Kitterman pleaded guilty to First Degree assault, for shooting Michael Hughes, 31, of Brook Park on December 27th.
Under the plea agreement, the remainder of the charges against Kitterman are dropped. Under the sentencing guidelines, she will serve between 74-103 months in prison. Kitterman has no previous criminal offenses.
Kitterman’s Attorney Daniel Bina:
Kitterman testified, Thursday, that she, her boyfriend Jeffrey Thauwald and brother Danny Kitterman went to Hughes’ trailer on Rice Road around midnight because of a late car payment. Kitterman claims Hughes purchased a car from Thauwald, but never paid. Kitterman said she and the two others were going to the trailer home to get either the money or take the license off the car.
Kitterman said once at Hughes’ residence, Thauwald and Danny Kitterman approached the trailer while she waited in a truck. An argument began between Hughes and Thauwald. Kitterman said Hughes then pushed Thauwald off the porch. That is when Kitterman said she reached for a gun in the back of the truck and shot three times “to scare” Hughes. One of the shots hit Hughes in the stomach.
Kitterman said the gun was in the truck because she, Thauwald and her brother were at Danny Kitterman’s home earlier in the day shooting cans. They then went to a bar and eventually to Hughes’. Kitterman admits the group did drink “quite a bit” prior to the shooting.
Sentencing for Kitterman is scheduled for Monday, March 9th. Bina says she will likely serve her time at a women’s correctional facility is Shakopee. He adds, that of the three charged in the shooting, (Danny Kitterman and Jeffrey Thauwald) Kitterman is expected to receive the harshest sentence.