CARVER COUNTY, MN – A man who pleaded guilty to shooting both his ex-girlfriend and his father last fall was recently sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.
Joshua Lee Gilpin, 39, of Jordan, was sentenced June 30 in Carver County District Court to 331 consecutive months in prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to a press release from the Carver County Attorney’s Office. This sentence is the maximum allowed under the Minnesota sentencing guidelines.
The incident occurred Oct. 1, 2015, when Gilpin and his father drove to Gilpin’s ex-girlfriend’s home in Chaska to drop off Gilpin’s 4-year-old son. According to the attorney’s office, Gilpin was jealous that his ex-girlfriend was now dating another man.
Unknown to his father, Gilpin had brought a loaded .44 caliber black powder revolver. Gilpin met his ex-girlfriend in the garage of the home, and asked her whether she wanted him to kill her or her boyfriend first.
The ex-girlfriend called for help, and Gilpin’s father, who had been waiting in the car, ran into the garage.
Gilpin shot his ex-girlfriend in the back of her neck as she tried to flee, but missed her spinal cord and major arteries.
As Gilpin’s father tried to gain control of the gun, Gilpin shot him in the chest at point-blank range. The lead slug remains lodged in his father’s liver. Gilpin’s 4-year-old son witnessed the shootings.
Gilpin was later arrested outside his parents’ home in Jordan.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz noted that this was an attempted murder specifically occurring in the context of domestic violence.