Man sentenced for shooting at ex-girlfriend

Leonardtown, MD- A Leonardtown man will spend the next 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in connection with a shooting in January.

Kyle Shurtleff, 25, was arrested in February by Maryland State Police in Calvert County. He was wanted on an arrest warrant in St. Mary’s on charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

Police say Shurtleff shot at his ex-girlfriend along Budds Creek Road in Leonardtown, not far from his home. The victim’s car had bullet holes through the exterior of the vehicle but the victim was not injured in the shooting.

The victim told police she had been in a previous relationship with Shurtleff and was on her way to his house. While she was in the driveway of his house, Shurtleff allegedly came out of the home and began firing shots at her vehicle. He then got into a nearby silver Nissan Xterra, and used the vehicle to block her in the driveway. He reportedly exited the car and stood in front of the victim’s car and continued to fire multiple shots. 

After he finished shooting several rounds, he got into a red 1998 Toyota Forerunner and fled the scene.

In July, Shurtleff accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and the other charges were dropped.

On Monday, Oct. 30 Judge Michael J. Stamm sentenced Shurtleff to 20 years in prison, with five years suspended. Shurtleff was also sentenced to five years supervised probation when he’s released.

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