Columbia woman faces lengthy sentence in ‘racially charged’ shooting

COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) – A Columbia woman will serve up to 16 years in prison for a 2015 shooting that authorities say was racially-charged.

Judge Merrill Spahn sentenced Ashley Curry, 33, to a 6-year and 2-month to 16-year prison term Tuesday in court.

In July, Curry was convicted of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of ethnic intimidation and simple assault in connection with the shooting that happened outside a shopping center on Lancaster Ave.

Authorities said Curry confronted a woman, shouting racial slurs and spitting on her. Curry then shot another woman, 33, in the stomach when she intervened.

Curry claimed she acted in self-defense, saying she would “have shot her if she was white.”

In court, Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen said Curry has expressed no remorse and instead has treated the incident “as some kind of badge of honor.”

Judge Spahn said that while he has great respect for the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms carries “great responsibility.”

“You were irresponsible and aggressive” with your firearm, Judge Spahn told Curry, calling the incident a “recipe for disaster.”

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