Prairie Ridge man pleads guilty to stray bullet shooting

On Nov. 3, 2016, Tobin Hugh Panton, 40, witnessed his car being stolen out from his driveway.

This month, a Prairie Ridge resident pled guilty to first degree manslaughter in one of last year’s strangest deaths.

On Nov. 3, 2016, Tobin Hugh Panton, 40, witnessed his car being stolen out from his driveway.

He gave chase with his gun, a 0.40 Glock, and fired 10 times at the car.

One of the bullets travelled two blocks away and struck Linda Green in the head in her bedroom.

“It was kind of a fluke. The odds are unreal,” Pierce County Sheriff Public Information Officer Gary Sanders said at the time, adding that the bullet traveled about 200 yards.

Green was transported to a local hospital while Panton was arrested and charged with second degree assault, but when Green died on Nov. 4, the charges were changed to first degree manslaughter.

Panton pled guilty to the more severe charge on July 10, 2017 as part of a deal to remove the firearm sentencing enhancement from the manslaughter charge, which would have added five years to his sentence, said Pierce County Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy John Sheeran.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8, and is expected to be within the range of 78 to 102 months because Panton doesn’t have a prior felony record, Sheeran added.

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