Judge reaffirms Hempfield man's attempted-murder conviction

| Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Westmoreland County judge ruled Thursday that jurors were right to convict a Hempfield man for attempted murder for shooting his former girlfriend in 2011

Lawrence Darnell Redman is serving a 20- to 40-year prison sentence for firing four shots at Anna Marie Henderson outside her mother's Salem Township home on Sept. 24, 2011.

His conviction should stand, Judge John Blahovec said in a five-page ruling.

Redman, 45, testified that he did not intend to hurt Henderson and that he only fired the shots as a warning to his girlfriend.

Jurors heard evidence that Redman fired a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol at close range as Henderson got out of a car in which she was sleeping.

Henderson was shot in the finger, forearm, chest and left side of her abdomen. She is paralyzed from the waist down and must use a wheelchair, she told jurors.

Henderson testified that she and Redman sporadically argued during a night out at three bars and again later at Wal-Mart in Hempfield. The jury saw a security video from the store parking lot that showed Henderson refuse to let Redman in her car before she drove away. Redman could be seen on the video.

Blahovec said jurors had sufficient evidence to convict Redman and wrote that “it is a well settled legal principle that the intentional use of a deadly weapon upon a vital part of another person's body may establish a specific intent to kill.”

During his sentencing hearing, the judge said he hoped that Redman served every day of the 40-year maximum sentence that was imposed.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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