Ruling: Stun gun use can trigger tougher sentences
By Catherine Holland
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A new Arizona court ruling says use of stun guns while committing crimes can trigger tougher sentences.
The state Court of Appeals has upheld using a sentencing enhancement for a woman who participated in a 2011 home invasion in which a stun gun was used on the victim.
The enhancement resulted in longer prison sentences for two of Amy Gustafson's convictions in Pima County Superior Court.
The home invasion victim had a heart condition and fell on a concrete floor when she was stunned.
Gustafon's lawyer argued that a stun gun was not a dangerous instrument. However, the appeals court ruled that jurors reasonably concluded that it was based on common sense and circumstances of the crimes.
Gustafson is serving a 10.5-year sentence at the Perryville state prison complex.