Woman shot by police in standoff sentenced to four years

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman shot by police snipers after a five-hour standoff last May was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Susan Osborne, 44, had pleaded no contest last year to a charge of second-degree assault for shooting her friend in the hand while drunk. Following the shooting, Osborne held police at bay for five hours in her friend's Midtown home.

Police shot Osborne in the arm and chest after she allegedly aimed a handgun at officers.

In addition to four years in prison, Osborne was given two years of suspended time and will serve four years of probation following her release from prison.

In handing down the sentence in Anchorage Superior Court, Judge Dan Hensley praised Osborne's rehabilitation efforts.

Osborne had a long history of untreated mental illness, alcohol abuse and arrests. Defense attorney Stacy Hoagland said that, since her arrest, she has been involved in treatment and educational programs at Hiland Mountain Prison.

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