Missouri man gets 25 years for shooting ex-wife with arrow

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. | A Jackson man convicted of shooting his ex-wife with an arrow during an argument has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Cape Girardeau County Attorney Morley Swingle says 58-year-old Merriel E. Housman Jr. of Jackson was sentenced Monday to 20 years for first-degree assault and five years for felony domestic assault. The sentences will be served consecutively.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Housman was convicted in April for attacking his ex-wife, Betty A. Housman, on Sept. 1, 2008. At trial, Housman says he shot his wife because he thought she was trying to harm his son.

Court records show that Betty Housman says she got a gun to protect herself after her husband hit and choked her, and it went off when she struggled with her son. That was when Housman shot his wife with the arrow.

Betty Housman was hospitalized for nine days after the attack.