Iowa man who drunkenly shot at deer but hit woman pleads guilty

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OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is awaiting sentencing for drunkenly firing a rifle and wounding a woman inside her home instead of a deer he’d hoped to kill.

Court records say 35-year-old Lee Ryals pleaded guilty Wednesday. Authorities say the 73-year-old woman was cleaning her stove on Jan. 4 last year near Ottumwa when she heard a loud noise and felt pain in the back of her head. She drove herself to a hospital, where doctors removed a bullet.

Authorities say Ryals was drunk when he pulled the trigger on the deck of a camper where he’d been staying. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29.

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