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Woman sentenced in attempted murder case

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

The case against a Wabash woman accused of attempted murder has come to a close following a guitly plea.

Christina Bowman, 51, was sentenced to 25 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with five years suspended for the attempted murder of her former boyfriend in late December of 2016, according to information provided by Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley Jr.

According to a probable cause filed by Wabash City Police Department Sgt. Nick Brubaker, the incident occurred Dec. 23, 2016 inside the victim's residence. After fleeing the scene, Brubaker wrote Bowman was located at her residence.

Upon engaging with Bowman in conversation, Brubaker wrote he noticed her pants and shirt were covered in what appeared to be blood. While initially believing the blood to be the victim's, Brubaker wrote he noticed Bowman had several long cut marks on her left wrist.

Bowman then reportedly began to say, "I did it, I shot him, take me away to jail."

Brubaker wrote after treating Bowman's arm, she stated she also had wounds to her chest where she had stabbed herself with a knife.

An additional probable cause, filed by WCPD Detective John Krhin, a .380 caliber handgun was located at the victim's residence after he had taken it from Bowman. The weapon was identified as being the one used in the incident.

Krihn also wrote of a four-page typed note by Bowman, which reportedly stated, "I am truly sorry I took the easy way out and ended both (the victim's) and my life with my gun." The letter also reportedly said done it out of "anger, rage and ultimate betrayal from the man I loved."

Because of Bowman's plea agreement, initial charges of aggravated battery and owning a handgun without a license were dropped. Bowman pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a Level 1 felony.

The state was represented by Hartley Jr. Bowman was represented by attorney Mark Small.