A woman said she still plans to marry the man who shot her in the groin and then held her hostage in his family's garage for six days.
Tina Marie Stebbins revealed her intentions in a letter released Monday as her boyfriend, Christian Leroy Lindblad, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting her in June 2002.
"I love Christian today as deeply as I loved him before this awful thing happened to us," Stebbins wrote in a victim impact statement. "We are soul mates."
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The incident occurred at the Big Bear City [California] home the couple shared with Lindblad's parents. Lindblad and Stebbins had a history of domestic violence and substance abuse, according to a sentencing report. It also said Lindblad had been drinking at the time of the shooting.
Lindblad and his parents, Robert and Shirley Lindblad, tried to cover up the shooting by treating Stebbins with home remedies, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's report. They also threatened her young sons and her family, the report said.
Stebbins wrote that, "I pray that Christian has forgiven me for failing him when he needed me most." Sadly, her letter doesn't clarify whether her failure was that her gunshot wounds didn't respond to home remedies ("Sorry I'm a bleeder!") or that she was shot in the first place ("Sorry I'm not bulletproof!"). Regardless, if her fiancé hasn't yet forgiven her, perhaps she should reconsider the whole marriage thing. Or perhaps not; he seems like a keeper.