Evergreen woman sentenced to 10 years’ probation after shooting

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By Corinne Westeman

An Evergreen woman has been sentenced to at least 10 years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to assaulting her husband during a July 5 incident when she shot him.

Julie Bird, 59, was arrested on July 5 after deputies found her husband with a gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Bird admitted during her sentencing Thursday that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, saying she regretted her actions.

During the sentencing, the prosecution and defense made a joint recommendation of probation, with the prosecution saying that Bird and her husband had been living without issue since the incident and that she has been continually monitored for drugs and alcohol usage.

Sentencing hearing

Bird told the judge that she has been on a journey of self-discovery, having seen four medical experts in various fields since the incident. Because of her recent diagnosis of alcohol-induced psychosis, Bird told the judge she was committed to never drinking alcohol again.

“I don’t remember anything that happened that night,” Bird said. “... I now understand what was happening that night — physically and emotionally.”

Bird added that she was thankful to her husband for his support throughout the process, and she now has a support system in place to help her address these newfound issues.

During her ruling, District Court Judge Margie Enquist said she found it very concerning that Bird intentionally located a gun and shot her husband.

“The consequences could’ve been deadly,” Enquist said. “(Bird) is a risk to her husband if she’s drinking, but it’s unclear if she’s a general public safety risk if she’s drinking.”

While her husband was Bird’s target during the July 5 incident, Enquist said she wanted to ensure that no one else would be a target in the future.

In addition to probation, Enquist ordered Bird to complete mental health and substance abuse evaluations, to never consume alcohol again, and to fulfill 100 hours of useful community service.

Initial incident

Around 12:10 a.m. on July 5, Jeffco Sheriff’s deputies reported to Bird’s residence in the 2300 block of Columbine Lane and found her husband with a gunshot wound.

The husband told investigators that around 11:45 p.m. on July 4, Bird was accidentally locked out of the house. He said he let her back in, and she was furious with him, followed him upstairs and beat on him until he went into the closet.

She continued trying to get inside, and — shortly after midnight — she shot at him through the door, hitting him in the upper back, the husband told investigators.

Deputies found and arrested Bird a short time later on the adjacent Hiwan Golf Club course. The firearm used in the shooting was found nearby, according to the arrest affidavit.

Contact reporter Corinne Westeman at 303-567-4491 or cwesteman@evergreenco.com, and follow her on Twitter @cwesteman.