Mattoon woman gets 4 years in shooting incident

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A Mattoon woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison on a reduced charge of domestic abuse-related first-degree reckless injury for a shooting incident in the village in March.

Rebecca L. Malueg, 32, will also have to serve an additional four years of extended supervision after her prison term.

She was initially charged with attempted homicide but pleaded guilty in June to the lesser count under a plea agreement.

She was accused of firing a .243 caliber hunting rifle at a 24-year-old man at their home on Marble Avenue during a domestic dispute on March 20 in what the criminal complaint alleged was an intentional attempt to kill him.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team was called to the incident around 12:45 a.m. and found the man with what were described as significant injuries as a result of a gun shot.

He was treated by emergency responders from Mattoon Ambulance and taken to a Wausau hospital.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident followed a night of drinking by the couple before returning home where an argument escalated. Malueg went into a bedroom where two hunting rifles and a shotgun were kept.

The man told authorities that when he entered the bedroom he saw Malueg standing on the bed with one of the rifles pointed at him.

He backed out of the room and Malueg fired a shot through the door, striking him in the arm, according to his statement in the criminal complaint.

Malueg told authorities she didn’t know the gun was loaded.

Authorities found two rifles on the bedroom mattress, along with a box of ammunition, according to the complaint.