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Sun Prairie woman who shot husband pleads guilty to lesser charge

MADISON, Wis. - A Sun Prairie woman who was charged with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly shooting her husband in March pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint, 34-year-old Kassandra J. Brown was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide with a domestic-abuse enhancer on suspicion of shooting her husband, 30-year-old Charles Brown, outside their Sun Prairie home March 4.

On Tuesday, Kassandra Brown pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree reckless injury.

The complaint said Charles Brown left for work Friday morning but returned home after his wife, Kassandra, called and told him their baby was "unresponsive." When Charles Brown arrived at the home on the 900 block of Schumann Street, he saw his wife and the toddler in the doorway. Kassandra Brown then grabbed a bat in the kitchen and began screaming at Charles Brown as he retreated outdoors, where Kassandra followed and threw the bat at him, continuing to scream.

Charles Brown stepped back into the house and saw Kassandra Brown had armed herself with a black 9 mm handgun, holding it with both hands, the complaint said. As Charles Brown turned to run away, he heard gunfire and felt pain in his right right hand. He ran nearby to C.H. Bird Elementary School because it was the closest place for him to seek help safely away from his wife, he told police.

Charles Brown was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

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