A Richland mother was sentenced last week to 15 days in jail after admitting that she used a holstered handgun to threaten her daughter's ex-boyfriend.
Rebecca Sue Charron, 33, pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to a reduced charge of unlawful display of a weapon, a gross misdemeanor.
She was originally charged with felony second-degree assault.
Charron picked up her daughter in the Hanford High School parking lot May 16 to make sure the girl was not being harassed by her former boyfriend and his friends. She did not have a concealed weapons permit for the Ruger pistol while on the Richland campus.
The mother and daughter were on their way to buy personal protection devices at a military surplus store when Charron saw the boy's vehicle outside a George Washington Way convenience store and decided to confront him, court documents said.
The teen boy told police he thought Charron was approaching his car to talk about the harassment that had been going on. Charron told him to leave her daughter alone, then pointed the holstered gun that had been in the palm of her hand and said, "Don't make me have to use this," documents said.
In her interview with officers after the incident, Charron denied pointing it at anyone, but said she made sure the boy and the three others in his car knew she had a gun.
She claimed that even though her daughter and the boy had ended their dating relationship some time ago, the boy -- also a student at Hanford High -- wouldn't leave the girl alone.
Judge Carrie Runge told Charron she can serve the 15 days on jail work crew or work release if she is eligible.
The judge also suspended 349 days of the sentence, which means Charron can be ordered to spend more time behind bars if she violates her conditions or commits a new crime during her two years of community supervision.
Charron was ordered to complete an anger management course, to forfeit the gun used in the confrontation and to stay away from the four occupants of the ex-boyfriend's vehicle. She cannot own or possess a firearm for two years.