Cole County man gets 20 years for holding, shooting woman
JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County man will do 20 years in prison after he was convicted Friday on charges of domestic assault, armed criminal assault and robbery.
In November 2016, Jerry Gill forcibly held his then girlfriend, Theresa Mirlaro, in his car for two days in order to keep her from leaving him. When he let her out of the car to use the restroom, she refused to get back in the car. He then shot her in the arm, before fleeing the scene.
A probable cause statement from that time also notes that he assaulted her with an expandable police baton.
During sentencing at the Cole County Courthouse, Gill expressed regret for his actions.
"I understand there will be consequences for my actions and the mistakes I made," Gill said.
Mirlaro also testified on Gill's behalf, in protest to the 20 years of prison time recommended by the prosecution.
"I don't think he should get that long," Mirlaro said.
When Gill was initially apprehended for the incident, Cole County sheriff's deputies said they found him on the 4900 block of Loesh Road.
Gill came out of the nearby woods carrying a loaded shotgun, handgun and several knives, according to the Cole County Sheriff's Department. He was taken into custody without incident.
It remains unclear at this time where Gill will serve out his sentencing.