Got Violence? Part Two
UPDATE: See the Press Democrats version here.
Last fall, a Laytonville woman shot and killed a young man who was part of a home invasion robbery at her house. I wrote about it in a piece called Got Violence?. The Anderson Valley Advertiser has a reporter in the court room who has been collecting the details of the incident. He does an excellent job. Here are a few paragraphs but you should read the whole story.
It was about 5am that morning when the three would-be pot bandits burst into Ms. Cahill’s sleepy Steele Lane home.
Ernie Sanders was up, though, loading cordwood into the woodstove, but Kathleen Stippinoff was sleeping on the couch when the home invaders hit.
Sanders and Ms. Stippinoff were visiting their friend Jill Cahill for a couple of days. Ms. Cahill, it seems, was at odds with her significant other, David Loggins, who was sofa-surfing at a nearby neighbor’s house.
Jill Cahill had been up all night working on legal papers having to do with the couple’s impending breakup. She’d just stretched out to rest when she heard the door burst open and a commotion that included the sound of gunfire. Jill grabbed a 357 handgun and stepped out of her room. She saw Ernie Sanders on the floor by the stove in the fetal position and two armed men wearing hoods and masks standing near him. The room was dark and smoky and full of Mace and/or pepper spray but, as best she could, Jill aimed the heavy Blackhawk revolver and fired at the hoodies.
Jill had never handled a gun before in her life, she said. She had just borrowed “the infernal damn thing” from a neighbor “for protection.” Maybe she felt threatened by her ex, maybe it was because the end of October is the time of year in outback Mendocino County when home invaders are on the prowl, looking to steal the fruit of other people’s marijuana labor.
One of Jill’s wild shots hit one of the bandits.
The young man who was hit died. He was described in the comments to this post as a father of two and as “Not an angel, but GOOD.”
Stories like this make me sad…Boys playing bad and getting dead. The father of one of the boys allegedly put them up to it.
Anybody else think this world is getting too crazy?
Photo from the AVA article