A Jefferson County Court jury has ruled that a Sackets Harbor man tried to kill his wife by shooting her twice in 2010.
A jury deliberated about 45 minutes Friday before finding Darron S. Morris, 43, guilty of second-degree attempted murder and three other counts for shooting his wife, Sherry L., with a pistol Aug. 4, 2010, during a domestic dispute at their Madison Barracks apartment. Morris also threatened police as they rescued his wife and then engaged in a five-hour standoff with police, at some point shooting himself in the head.
A wheelchair-bound Mrs. Morris testified Friday that she was face-to-face with her husband at the time of the shooting and there is no question at all that he was the one who shot her.
Darron Morris shot me, Mrs. Morris said.
Mrs. Morris conceded that her husband was upset with her because he had found her earlier in the night having sex with a stranger in a back room at the Sackets Harbor American Legion. She claims that as they left legion on foot, Mr. Morris said, I should kill you.
She testified she returned home first and, after posting news of her appointment to the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department on Facebook, went to bed.
I went to bed and the next thing I remember is the light going on and Darron was standing in the bedroom in front of the closet loading his gun, Mrs. Morris said.
She said she ran from the room and to the entrance of their apartment, stopping to face Mr. Morris, telling him she was prepared to call police. She said at the time the couple thought there was an arrest warrant for Morris from Pennsylvania, where they formerly lived.
I threatened him that I would call the police and tell them about the warrant, but he shot me in the stomach, she said. I said, I cant believe you shot me.
Morris faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison on the attempted murder conviction and a 5-year consecutive sentence on a first-degree criminal use of a firearm conviction. Sentencing was set for Sept. 17.