Central Texas Lawyer Sentenced For Shooting At Census Worker

Carolyn Barnes (Jail photo)

GEORGETOWN (June 12, 2013)—Lawyer Carolyn Barnes, 56, of Leander, has been sentenced to three years in prison for shooting at a census worker outside of her home.

Jurors decided on the sentence Tuesday in Georgetown after convicting Barnes on Monday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing several shots at census worker Kathleen Gittel, who wasn’t hurt.

Gittel testified she was trying to get the house number at Barnes’ home in May 2010 when she heard a gunshot and saw Barnes pointing a handgun at her.

Gittel testified Barnes fired five shots and told jurors Barnes yelled at her to get off her property.

A prosecutor told jurors that Barnes also refused to allow deputies who were investigating the incident into her house.

An attorney for Barnes told jurors that no bullets were recovered and said gunpowder residue tests were not done on his client.

Barnes could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.