Sharon Kern (mug shot CCSO)

An elderly woman from Ozark who shot her ex-boyfriend with a shotgun last September was placed on five years probation after pleading guilty to domestic assault charges.

Rex Butler told investigators that Sharon Kern, 69, came to his home on North 11th and shot him when he refused to reconcile with her. The two had lived together but had split up two months before the shooting, according to court records.  Kern says the shooting was accidental.

Kern, who says the shooting was accidental, was ordered to pay Butler's medical bills (he’s had surgery on his left arm, his colon, and his intestines) related to the shooting and must undergo a substance abuse evaluation.

If  Kern violates her probation she could be sent to prison for ten years.

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