Man who shot 9 nails into woman’s head sentenced

Attack was botched suicide attempt

Troy Thompson is accused of shooting a woman in the head with a nail gun (LANE COUNTY)
Troy Thompson is accused of shooting a woman in the head with a nail gun (LANE COUNTY)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A former firefighter who shot nine 3-inch nails into the back of a woman’s head in a botched suicide pact has been sentenced to two years in state prison.

The Register Guard reports Wednesday that Troy Thompson pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree manslaughter after accepting a plea deal that allowed him to avoid a possible maximum sentence of more than seven years.

The 31-year-old woman suffered permanent brain damage from the nails.

Thompson has previously said he met the woman the day before he hurt her when she approached him and asked for his help to kill herself.

The Register Guard says the woman had bipolar disorder and had stopped her medication three weeks earlier.