A Tacoma man convicted of attempted murder for trying to kill his wife in front of their children was sentenced today to 35 years in prison.
A Pierce County jury convicted Joshua Howard, 26, of attempted first-degree murder last month.
Prosecutors contended Howard fired a shot at his wife inside her Tacoma home in July 2012 then chased her outside. He pointed the gun at her again and pulled the trigger, but the chamber of the revolver was empty, police said. The woman, who was not hit by the first shot, then grabbed the gun and Howard ran off.
Howard and his wife, who recently had separated, have four children together, and the victim has four more children from a previous relationship. They were on the front porch when the initial shot was fired then scattered when their mother ran outside with Howard in pursuit, court papers show.