District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Michael J. Hortman (52)) of Bogalusa, pleaded guilty Tuesday (March 27, 2018) to attempted second degree murder. District Judge William J. Knight sentenced him to 10 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
The crime occurred September 29, 2017, when an agitated Hortman came home from work, threatened to kill his wife, struck her with a gun, and pulled the trigger multiple times, but it did not discharge initially. Hortman then reloaded, fired again several times in the house and at his wife, with at least one bullet flying past her head. When he put the gun on a shelf, she grabbed it and fled from the house.
Hortman fled to McComb, Mississippi where he was located and arrested by the McComb Police Department and later returned to Washington Parish.