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Ramakrishnan said the lengthy probation was not to punish Robitaille, but to allow her to get treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.
According to a statement of agreed facts made an exhibit in the case, Robitaille and McNeill had gotten into an argument about her drinking and went to separate rooms to calm down.
But a short time later, Robitaille approached McNeill armed with a crossbow and demanding his car keys, which he refused.
At that point she shot him once in the stomach just below the rib cage. The arrow punctured his skin, but did not cause serious injury.
De Souza told the woman that if she did not comply with the conditions of her community term, which includes no contact with McNeill, she could be forced to serve time behind bars.
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