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Woman gets 15 years for two attacks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque woman accused of firing at a Northeast Heights couple after they found her parked in their driveway was sentenced last week to 15 years in federal prison.

Images circulated on local newscasts and social media showed a woman with a white bow in her hair pointing a gun at a dashcam in the couple’s vehicle. The two had been headed to church Aug. 20, 2017, when they noticed a suspicious car and doubled back to check on their home, only to find the car parked in the driveway.

The wife confronted the woman, who then pulled a gun and fired a shot as she and a man fled the home, police said.

Police later identified that woman as Miranda Gilbert, 31. She has 10 prior felony convictions, most of them property and drug crimes. Because of her history, she was found to be an “armed career criminal,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gilbert pleaded guilty in May to illegally possessing the gun used in the Aug. 20 confrontation and to assaulting a federal officer the next day, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. On Wednesday morning, Judge James Parker sentenced her to 188 months in prison for those crimes.

Authorities found Gilbert on Aug. 21, 2017, in Anton Chico. According to the news release, she fled from police and tried to run down a deputy U.S. marshal. The officer “was required to take evasive action to avoid being struck by Gilbert’s vehicle.”