NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A 29-year-old Army veteran who shot his girlfriend after hearing a loud bang outside his apartment has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of assault and illegally possessing an assault weapon.
Jason Durr apologized in court Tuesday for shooting Rachel Trombino of Westerly, R.I. on May 9, 2012. He pleaded guilty in January after prosecutors agreed to drop an attempted murder charge.
Trombino told police Durr “freaked out” and shot her at close range after while having flashbacks to Iraq after hearing a loud noise outside his Lebanon, Conn. apartment.
She suffered an injured lung, a lacerated spleen and shattered ribs.
Prosecutors say Durr had been abusing drugs and alcohol and noted doctors indicated he did not have severe symptoms of post- traumatic stress disorder.
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