82-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:10 PM PDT
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82-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

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Barbara Brand appears in court.

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An 82-year-old woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter for the shooting of her 57-year-old longtime roommate at her home in a San Diego trailer park, prosecutors said.

Barbara Ruth Brand entered the plea in a San Diego superior court, five months after the gunshot death of Paul Slysh. She faces up to 10 years in state prison when she's sentenced on Feb. 15.

Brand shot Slysh in the back, side and front torso area with a .38 caliber revolver on July 12 at the mobile home in Bay Park near the intersection of Interstate 5 and Interstate 8, Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund told City News Service.

She then called police to report that she had shot him, Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund told City News Service.

Brand told arriving officers she opened fire because she was angry with the victim, San Diego police Officer David Stafford said at the time.

Police and prosecutors released no further information on the motive or circumstances behind the shooting.

Slysh, initially expected to survive, died at a hospital two days later.

The prosecutor says the two had been off-and-on roommates for several years.

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