A 64-year-old Louisville man pleaded no contest to first-degree assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony, according to a plea agreement in Cass County District Court.
Steven I. Harrod faces up to 50 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced July 1.
A charge of possession of a firearm by a felon was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
In the agreement, Harrod admitted to shooting 32-year-old Michael Green in the face on Jan. 14 in Louisville. Green and his girlfriend were tenants of Harrod's.
The girlfriend told authorities that Harrod loaned her a truck so she could pick up Green from work — then became upset because he thought she had been gone too long.
Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said Harrod brandished a .44-caliber handgun toward the woman. When Green tried to push the gun away, Harrod fired.
The bullet entered just below Green's left nostril, struck the left carotid artery and lodged in the back of his skull. Cox said a doctor was prepared to testify that surgery to remove the bullet would be life-threatening and that Green lives with a high risk of stroke. The wound also caused facial and dental injuries.
The prosecution will remain silent at sentencing but reserves the right to pursue restitution on Green's behalf. Harrod fled from the state after the shooting and was arrested by a task force Jan. 20 in southwest Missouri. — Kevin Cole