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Man sentenced to prison for attempting to kill his wife

Ólafur Thór Gudmundsson, 51, from Hnífsdalur in the Westfjords, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison by the Westfjords District Court this week, for shooting at his wife while drunk in their home on June 8.

Gudmundsson is also obligated to pay his wife ISK one million (USD 16,000, EUR 12,000) in compensation and to pay ISK 1.4 million (USD 23,000, EUR 17,000) for legal costs, Morgunbladid reports.

The court found the man guilty of making violent threats to his wife and of attempted murder, by shooting at her with a shotgun, causing shots to pierce her sweater and scratches on her face.

The woman managed to escape the house to her neighbors. Police Special Forces were called to the scene, then surrounded the building and finally subdued the gunman.

Gudmundsson said he had not meant to shoot at his wife and claimed a shot had escaped from the gun by chance. But according to an investigation of the shotgun, it is impossible for a shot to be released without someone pulling the trigger.

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