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October 23, 2012

Shooter gets four years

WEATHERFORD —  

A church-going grandfather who riddled a fleeing SUV with bullets after an altercation between the driver and two of his family members last year was sentenced Monday to four years in prison. 

According to evidence presented Monday morning before 43rd District Judge Trey Loftin Monday morning, one of the seven bullets that struck the vehicle passed within inches of the driver’s head. 

Phillip Lee Roberts, a 54-year-old machinist, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and elected to have Loftin assess punishment. 

“Frankly, sir, you tried to kill her,” Loftin told Roberts, adding that it was by some “angelic miracle” that he did not do so. 

The victim, Jessica Parker, reportedly came to Roberts’ son and daughter-in-law’s house on Dubellette Street the night of April 16, 2011, and confronted Cassandra Roberts, Phillip Roberts’ daughter-in-law, about $20 owed to the woman, according to testimony.

Though Cassandra Roberts acknowledged that she had purchased marijuana from Parker in the past, she said during testimony Monday that the money was borrowed for groceries.

Parker entered the house and took Roberts’ cellphone after Roberts told Parker that she couldn’t pay her until Monday, Roberts said. 

Roberts then chased Parker into the yard, attempting to get her cellphone back, when Parker punched her six times in the head, according to Roberts’ testimony. 

Parker then got into her vehicle and Roberts began choking her, Roberts said. 

Her husband, David Roberts, said he came out of the house after hearing the women fighting and separated the women but used a stun gun on Parker when Parker, lying on her back across the seat of her vehicle, began scratching at his wife’s face. 

Cassandra Roberts said she was still reaching in the vehicle, attempting to get her phone, when the woman put the SUV in reverse. 

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