POSTED: 06:55 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 09:10 p.m. HST, Sep 20, 2013
HILO » The trial of a 73-year-old Big Island man on an attempted murder charge ended after he agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Joseph Amormino Sr., pleaded guilty Thursday to felony assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of terroristic threatening. Prosecutors agreed to seek a maximum sentence of 25 years.
Amormino is a retired Hawaii Community Correctional Center guard.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports he shot a 57-year-old June Shirshac four times on Mother's Day 2012 after she had broken off her relationship with him. The shooting was preceded by a road rage incident in which Amormino used a gun to threaten three people.
Shirshac was shot in both legs, her hand and her shoulder.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 21.