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Arizona ruling: Stun-gun use can trigger tougher sentences

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new Arizona court ruling said use of stun guns while
committing crimes can trigger tougher sentences.

The state Court of Appeals has upheld using a sentencing enhancement for a
woman who participated in a 2011 home invasion in which a stun gun was used on
the victim.

The enhancement resulted in longer prison sentences for two of Amy Gustafson’s
convictions in Pima County Superior Court.

The home invasion victim had a heart condition and fell on a concrete floor
when she was stunned.

Gustafon’s lawyer argued that a stun gun was not a dangerous instrument.
However, the appeals court ruled that jurors reasonably concluded that it was
based on common sense and circumstances of the crimes.

Gustafson is serving a 10.5-year sentence at the Perryville state prison


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