Texas Woman Gets Five Years For Shooting Gun Out Of Moving Car, Posting Footage On Snapchat
A Texas woman who was recorded shooting a gun out of a car window and uploading the footage to Snapchat, has been sentenced to five years in prison. On Tuesday (Dec. 19), Sierra Tarbutton pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and deadly conduct charges for firing the semi-automatic weapon.
The judge presiding over the case allowed 27-year-old Tarbutton to turn herself in on Jan. 2, so that she can spend the holidays with her family before beginning her sentence.
In September, Tarbutton was recorded by her reported boyfriend, Michael Cuellar, 29, who drove as she recklessly fired the weapon out of the passenger side window. At one point in the footage, Cuellar records himself shooting out of his window while driving in Houston.
The couple were dubbed the “Snapchat Shooters” after the footage went viral.
Tarbutton later explained that the shooting was merely a drunken decision. "We were drinking at the time and were riding around, shooting in the air,” she said.
An attorney for Tarbutton maintained that her target was “abandoned buildings” and felt that the deadly conduct charge was “overblown.”
Police arrested Tarbutton at her mother’s home, while Cuellar -- a local rapper who goes by “Money Mike" -- turned himself in to authorities in early October also on charges of criminal mischief and deadly conduct.