An elderly woman found herself in an orange jumpsuit after allegedly shooting her son dead in retaliation for being sent to a nursing home.
Anna Mae Blessing, 92-years-old, appeared in court after Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to domestic call over “trouble” and found that a shooting had taken place.
Blessing released statements about the incident stating she had been upset for days after overhearing a conversation between her son, 72, and his girlfriend about placing her into an assisted living facility.
According to the Sheriff’s statement:
Blessing retrieved two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe then confronted her son in his bedroom. During the confrontation, Blessing stated that she removed the handgun and fired multiple rounds striking and killing her son. She then pointed the gun at her son’s girlfriend and the two struggled over the weapon when it was dislodged from her hand.
Blessing reportedly told her son something along the lines of “You took my life, so I’m taking yours,” Fox 10 reported. She also allegedly planned to take her own life but wasn’t able to keep her hands on the second weapon after the girlfriend was able to wrestle it away from her too, according to Fox 10.
“It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes,” says Sheriff Penzone. “They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable.”
As for remorse, Blessing said she believes she should be “put to sleep” for her actions, according to court documents.
Blessing was charged with one count of murder in the 1st degree, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s statement. She is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 13.
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