Woman, 81, convicted of threatening animal control officers

Cora Jackson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – An 81-year-old woman has been convicted of firing a handgun while two animal control officers were trying to capture a dog from her Kansas property.

The Hutchinson News reports that Cora Jeanette Jackson was found guilty Wednesday in Reno County of criminal threat but acquitted of aggravated assault charges.

Jackson says she fired a shot “out of frustration” in July after officers couldn’t capture the stray with catch poles and retrieved a tranquilizer gun.

Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder says the state is satisfied because the verdict prevents Jackson from owning a gun for at least a few years. He says she refused an offer to plead to a misdemeanor because she wanted her gun back and prosecutors wouldn’t agree to that.

Sentencing is set for May 20.

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