Father Asks Son To Shoot Him To Delay Prison Sentence

Shannon Egeland was sentenced to a ten-year prison sentence following convictions for a laundry list of financial crimes in 2014. The court allowed Egeland to self-surrender to prison, but he never showed up to begin his prison term. Instead, he concocted a scam that involved his son shooting him the day before he was to report to jail so he could collect insurance money.

According to Oregon Live, Egeland directed his minor son to shoot him in the legs with a shotgun on the side of the road. Egeland, who lost his left leg in the shooting, told police he had pulled over to help a pregnant woman who was on the side of the road. While he was helping her, he claimed he was hit in the head and then shot. 

Assistant United States Attorney Scott E. Bradford said that Egeland’s actions caused “psychological and emotional destruction” to his son and the “ghastly images of that night will forever haunt the minor child.”

“The psychological and emotional destruction [Egeland] caused this minor child is unimaginable,” Bradford wrote in court documents. “The ghastly images of that night will forever haunt the minor child. [Egeland] could have died, and the minor child would have been left to deal with the consequences.”

Egeland was sentenced to an additional 3.8 years in prison which he will serve on top of his previous ten-year term. He addressed the court, and said his actions will haunt him and he would “could take it all back.”

“The injury that I sustained doesn’t even bother me,” Egeland told the judge during his sentencing hearing.

“What bothers me the most is my son. The pain is on him.

“If I could take it all back, I would, but I can’t. That will haunt me the rest of my life.”

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