An Ohio woman faced down her husband and spoke up during his sentencing for shooting her in their shared kitchen, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
“As you see, I’m still standing here,” said that woman, Theresa Morgan, who credits her daughter for helping her survive the shooting. “I fought to survive.”
Her husband, George Prifti, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felonious assault with a gun and domestic violence in exchange for prosecutors dismissing an attempted murder charge. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
On the evening of February 28, Prifti, who was intoxicated, shot his wife in the upper right torso after they had argued over living arrangements, police said. His daughter, Kimberly Prifti, 19, quickly stood between the couple and called 911.
The dispatcher told her to flee the scene and get to safety, but the teen refused, saying “I have to protect my mom.”
George Prifti pointed the gun at his daughter, then himself, but didn’t shoot.
“She never left my side,” Morgan said of her daughter. “I owe her my life.”
After making her remarks, Morgan left the courtroom so as not to hear what Prifti had to say in his defense. Prifti looked for her before making his response, intending to address them to her, only to find that she was gone.
“I never had any intention of doing any harm to her,” Prifti said. “Deep down inside, I love her. I never meant for this horrible accident to happen. My humble apologies to her — and my family.”