A Kenner man will spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to grabbing his wife by the throat and firing a shotgun at her as she fled their Iowa Avenue home after an argument about dinner.
Charles Gussett, 66, was set to go to trial this week for illegal use of a weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Instead, he pleaded guilty before Judge June Berry Darensburg in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
On Oct. 25, 2013, Gussett asked his wife, a community college student who also held a regular job, what was for dinner. His wife, who was doing her homework after a day a work, told him he had no plans to prepare anything and an argument ensued, according to Connick’s office.
Gussett closed his wife’s laptop and grabbed her by the neck. After she broke free, Gussett grabbed a shotgun and tried to shoot her but the gun didn’t fire. Outside, he fired at her again. This time the gun went off and pellets struck a nearby vehicle and the door of a neighboring house, Connick’s office said.
Gussett got 10 years for each of the felony weapons charges, along with six months for a misdemeanor battery charge. Darensburg ran all the sentences concurrently and barred Gussett from going near his wife for the rest of their lives, Connick’s office said.
Assistant District Attorneys Kellie Rish and Molly Massey prosecuted the case.