Kitterman Sentenced to Six Years for Brook Park Shooting
Connie Kitterman will spend the next six years of her life behind bars. The 44-year-old Brook Park resident was sentenced to 74 months in prison for First Degree Assault Charges for shooting Brook Park resident Michael Hughes in the back on December 27th.
Kitterman appeared in Pine County Court Friday. She said, “I have put myself and my family through a lot, and I can’t even begin to imagine what I put Mr. Hughes and his family through, I never intended to hurt anyone.” She added, “With help, I know I can change.”
Kitterman sat alongside her attorney Dan Bina. Bina requested that because of untreated abuse as a child and issues with alcohol and drugs, his client be allowed to enter the Teen Challenge Drug Rehab Program.
Bina said this was the best option for Kitterman because she can receive treatment and save the state roughly $400,000 by staying out of the prison system. He argued to Judge Edward Bearce that 85-percent of the people that complete Teen Challenge do not re-offend, and if his client did drop out of the program, she would serve the full prison sentence.
Judge Bearce did not agree. He said there was nothing accidental about Kitterman’s actions. He said its reasonable to assume that Kitterman did not kill someone “because she is a poor shot.” She fired three shot, one hit Hughes.
Kitterman claims the reason she was at Hughes’ residence is because the victim purchased a car from Jeffrey Thauwald, but never paid. Kitterman said in court in March that she and the two others were going to the trailer home to get either the money or take the license off the car.
Hughes’ girlfriend, Jill Graves, told the court, Friday, “I don’t know why she isn’t getting more than just assault, she came over there to hurt him, to kill him.” Graves said Kitterman, and the other defendents in the case, Jeffrey Thauwald, and Danny Kitterman came over to Hughes’ residence on multiple occassions.
Kitterman will serve a minimum 49 1/3 months in the correctional facility and a maximum 24 2/3 month on supervised release.