Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Paige Ireland, age 42, of Caldwell, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Juneal C. Kerrick for the felony crime of Involuntary Manslaughter. Judge Kerrick sentenced Ireland to a minimum of three (3) years, up to ten (10) years in prison, with the court retaining jurisdiction, sending Ireland on a RIDER program. Judge Kerrick also ordered Ireland to pay a $5,000 fine but suspended the fine. Ireland is also required to submit a DNA sample to the Idaho Database.
On February 10, 2013, Paige Ireland admitted to police that she shot her husband, Samuel Ireland, during an argument at the couple’s home. Ireland told detectives that she was using a rifle as a scare tactic so she could leave the house and didn’t think it was loaded when she pulled the trigger. The bullet from the rifle struck Samuel Ireland in the abdomen, who later died while being treated at a Utah hospital. Paige Ireland was originally charged with felony aggravated battery and the use of deadly weapon. The charges were amended to manslaughter after the victim had died.
“Some crimes you commit you can’t take back and there has to be consequences,” said Judge Kerrick at the sentencing hearing. “Justice is not perfect. Human beings are not perfect, but we have to put them in situations that hold them accountable. Sometimes that means families and children suffer. Unfortunately, there is no case or solution where everyone is made whole.”
“This case shows that one lapse in judgment can have a lifelong impact on a person’s life and the lives of those around them,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “The defendant should have never pulled the trigger even if she believed the gun was unloaded. Now, she’ll have to live with the consequences of that action for the rest of her life.”