Man who shot girl­friend pleads guilty

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - FORUM - ALISON LAN­G­LEY NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW alan­g­ley@post­media.com

A Ni­a­gara Falls woman un­der­went surgery to re­move a pel­let from her eye af­ter be­ing shot with a pel­let gun by her boyfriend, court heard Fri­day.

Michael Croft pleaded guilty be­fore Judge Tory Colvin to a charge of as­sault with a weapon in an On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines.

On Feb. 2, 2017, court was told, the 35-year-old flew into a rage af­ter his girl­friend ac­ci­den­tally woke him up.

Court was told Croft had suf­fered a “se­vere re­ac­tion” af­ter con­sum­ing the drug car­fen­tanyl ear­lier in the day.

“His girl­friend as­sisted him in what she de­scribed as an over­dose,” as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Jac­que­line Stre­can­sky told the judge.

When she ac­ci­den­tally woke him up, Stre­can­sky con­tin­ued, Croft “yelled and screamed at her and de­manded heroin.”

Croft then pulled out a pel­let gun and shot at his girl­friend a num­ber of times.

An­other oc­cu­pant of the home heard the ar­gu­ment, fol­lowed by a se­ries of “pop­ping sounds” com­ing from the bed­room.

One shot struck the woman in her right eye and she be­gan to bleed pro­fusely.

The vic­tim was taken to hospi­tal where she un­der­went surgery to re­move the pel­let lodged in her eye.

“Upon re­lease from hospi­tal, her vi­sion prog­no­sis was un­known be­cause the swelling was so great,” Stre­can­sky said.

The vic­tim later re­ported her pe­riph­eral vi­sion is now com­pro­mised.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is ex­pected to be pre­sented to court when Croft re­turns for sen­tenc­ing March 29.

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