A man who shot his estranged wife outside the Lee County Courthouse in June 2016 will serve 10 to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty last month, the Rant has learned.
Sanford police arrested Stephen Burch on June 8, 2016 after he shot his wife during a dispute in the parking lot of the courthouse. Burch fled the area but was later apprehended behind a building near the courthouse, WTVD reported at the time. The Sanford Herald’s report from the time (subscription required) stated that Burch held his wife and a teenager in the car prior to the shooting.
Burch’s wife survived.
Burch had faced a list of charges related to the crime, including attempted murder, first degree kidnapping and violating a domestic violence protective order. Instead, he pleaded guilty on July 21 to assault with a deadly weapon with a domestic violence protective order in effect and attempted kidnapping with a domestic violence protective order in effect.
Attorney Nicholle Phair represented Burch. Assistant District Attorney Mike Beam prosecuted.