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Man gets 25 years in prison for shooting ex-wife with arrow

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A Jackson, Mo., man convicted of shooting his ex-wife with an arrow during an argument has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Cape Girardeau County Attorney Morley Swingle says 58-year-old Merriel E. Housman Jr. of Jackson was sentenced Monday to 20 years for first-degree assault and five years for felony domestic assault. The sentences will be served consecutively.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Housman was convicted in April for attacking his ex-wife, Betty A. Houseman, on Sept. 1, 2008. At trial, Housman says he shot his ex-wife because he thought she was trying to harm his son.

Court records show that Betty Housman says she got a gun to protect herself after Housman nd hit and choked her, and the gun went off when she struggled with her son. That was when Housman shot her with the arrow.

Betty Housman was hospitalized for nine days after the attack.

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