A U.S. Census worker attempting to verify information in a rural gated neighborhood in Leander three years ago was close enough to Carolyn Barnes to smell gunpowder after Barnes fired a gun at her and shouted, “If you don’t get off my property, this is going to be your last day on earth,” a Williamson County prosecutor told a jury in state district court Tuesday afternoon as Barnes’s trial got underway.
Barnes, a licensed attorney, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the May 8, 2010, incident. She has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, she could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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