72 Year Old Florida Woman Gets Life in Prison for Shooting Neighbor 6 Times

72 year old Florida woman, Yagaunda Grace Buschbaum of Pensacola will spend the rest of her life in prison for shooting her neighbor six times. After a two day trial, Buschbaum was sentenced to life in prison for the 2nd degree attempted murder with a firearm of her neighbor by Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Linda Nobles.

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Buschbaum apparently had a fatal attraction to the victim and developed romantic feelings for the man. The victim stated Buschbaum told him she wanted a relationship. The victim was not interested in a relationship and claimed that on one occasion. Buschbaum tried to kiss him, and he had to physically restrain her from doing so.

Buschbaum made a false burglary allegation against the victim three days before the shooting which resulted in an arrest warrant being issued. She called deputies to her apartment to serve the warrant that evening at the Myrtle Grove Villa Apartments, but prior to their arrival, she lured the victim to her apartment under the pretense of giving him a gift.

When he arrived at the back door of the apartment, she shot him six times. When deputies arrived, she claimed the victim was trying to break in and shot him in self-defense. The victim was taken to Baptist Hospital, so deputies were not able to interview the victim as he was in surgery.

Investigators followed up a few days later and the man said Buschbaum became “obsessive, almost stalker-ish,” according to the arrest report.

Because the defendant was charged under Florida’s 10-20-LIFE statute, the first twenty years of Buschbaum’s sentence will also be served as a mandatory minimum term sentence, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

The arrest and investigation were conducted by deputies and investigators with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Amy Shea prosecuted the case on behalf of Escambia County State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden.

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