Guy Has Teenage Son Shoot Him in the Legs With Shotgun

Shannon Egeland, 43, was facing prison time
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2018 1:01 PM CST
Guy Had Teenage Son Shoot Him to Duck Prison Time
This 2014 file photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Shannon Egeland.   (Multnomah County Sheriff via AP, file)

A white-collar crook is facing extra prison time for having his son shoot him in the legs with a 20-gauge shotgun, the BBC reports. Shannon Egeland, 43, was already facing 10 years for taking part in a vast mortgage-fraud scheme when he had his 17-year-old son shoot him by a road in Caldwell, Idaho, in an attempt to avoid prison. "The psychological and emotional destruction defendant caused this minor child is unimaginable," US attorney Scott Bradford wrote in a sentencing memo. Back in 2009, Egeland was co-owner of an Oregon development company that defrauded banks out of $20 million in loans that he and a partner used to fund a lavish lifestyle. Facing prison, Egeland took out disability insurance and had his son aim for his legs.

Egeland told police he'd been attacked after stopping to assist a pregnant driver, but investigators got suspicious when his pricey BMW, his wallet, and his cellphone weren't taken, the Idaho Statesman reports. Then they learned about his recent insurance, and the whole thing unravelled. Now Egeland is facing an extra 3 years and 10 months for his roadside scheme and had his leg amputated from the shotgun blast. Bradford called him a "self-absorbed, opportunistic narcissist," the Oregonian reports, but Egeland—who is now on three medications for mental health—has cast his own judgment. "What bothers me the most is my son—the pain is on him,'' he says. "If I could take it all back, I would, but I can't. That will haunt me the rest of my life.'' (More fraud stories.)

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