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Shooting suspect reaches plea deal

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Ted Sullivan
March 17, 2011
— Attempted murder charges against a Janesville man accused of shooting two people Thanksgiving Day were dismissed Wednesday as part of a plea agreement.

Samuel Morrow, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree reckless injury by use of a dangerous weapon and one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.


Two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and six counts of endangering safety were dismissed in a plea agreement.


As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will ask Judge Kenneth Forbeck to sentence Morrow to 15 years in prison and 10 years extended supervision on the reckless injury charges and five years probation on the endangering safety charge, Assistant District Attorney Kate Buker said.


The judge does not have to follow the sentencing recommendation. The maximum penalty is 77 years in prison.


Morrow pleaded guilty to shooting Eileen Chan, 21, and Robert Bowman, 28, during a Thanksgiving gathering at 407 S. High St., Janesville.


Chan and Bowman were admitted and released from Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, after the incident.


Morrow appeared in Rock County Court on Wednesday wearing an orange jailhouse outfit. He told the judge he understood the charges. He said he understood the possible penalties after pleading guilty.


Morrow is accused of firing gunshots through a door into a room full of people, including children, after an argument, according to the criminal complaint. Morrow told police he only wanted to scare people.


Investigators found seven bullet holes in the door, according to the criminal complaint.


Morrow's bond was revoked, and he is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.



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