Man who fired shots at Ashland gas station sentenced

A Stockton man who fired a gun at an Ashland gas station in August and accidentally hit another man has pleaded no-contest to assault, recklessly endangering others and unlawful use of a weapon.

Michael Steven Goldsberry, 29, entered his pleas today in Jackson County Circuit Court. Judge Tim Gerking sentenced him to serve five years and 10 months in prison and pay restitution of $28,502.

Goldsberry and his wife of just one month, Erica Monique Salas Goldsberry, had argued while driving on Interstate 5, investigators said after the Aug. 17 shooting. They pulled off the interstate and into the Shell station so she could call her mother from a pay phone there. After more harsh words, the couple were walking toward their vehicle parked near Eagle Mill Road when for unknown reasons Goldsberry fired a handgun several times into the air. A bullet struck Douglas George Shelton, 48, of Ashland, in the shoulder. Two other people in the area were also placed in danger by Goldsberry's reckless behavior, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert.

"He fired a couple shots and hit (Shelton)," Heckert said, adding bullet holes were also found in an adjacent U-Haul trailer.

The quarrelling couple left, prompting a search involving officers, police dogs and a helicopter. A tow truck driver spotted Goldsberry's truck and police moved in to arrest both the Goldsberrys. Six weapons were siezed from Goldsberry's vehicle and were forfeited to the court today.

Erica Goldsberry in September pleaded guilty to first-degree theft. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years supervised probation, Heckert said

Today Michael Steven Goldsberry pleaded no contest to second-degree assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another and unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to more than five years for the assault, a year on each endangering charge and 14 months on the weapons charge. All sentences will be served concurrently.

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