Dad sentenced for trying to shoot daughter

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 26 at 12:30 PM

BLACKFOOT, Idaho -- An eastern Idaho man convicted of aggravated battery for trying to shoot his adult daughter has been ordered to spend up to a year in a prison counseling program.

Seventh District Judge David Ney sentenced Jesse Whipkey on Friday. The Idaho State Journal reports that Ney retained jurisdiction in the case, which means if Whipkey doesn't successfully complete the prison program, the judge may order him to serve up to five years in regular prison facility.

Prosecutors said Whipkey tried to shoot his 36-year-old daughter after an argument, but the gun dry-fired. He was originally charged with attempted murder but prosecutors reduced the charge after the judge said some of the evidence appeared to support the defense.

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