Posted: 8:09 P.M
The winter visitor from Wellton charged with shooting her husband in the chest more than six months ago has a few more weeks to accept a plea offered by a state prosecutor.
A state prosecutor made it clear they would take the case against Gail Eldridge to trial if she did not accept their plea by the end of this month. Eldridge is currently facing attempted first degree murder -- which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. The prosecutor is willing to lessen the charge to aggrivated assault -- with a presumptive sentence of six years in prison in exchange for her guilty plea.
Eldridge was arrested in February for alledgedly shooting her husband in the chest at a home on east county 11th Street in Wellton. Eldridge has not accepted nor denied the offer because she and her defense are waiting for pending lab evidence.
Superior Court Judge, John Nelson, who heard the case Friday, says it's Eldridge's right to know the results of the lab test before accepting or denying the plea. The judge scheduled the next hearing for November -- changing the prosecutors original deadline -- and says if eldridge does not accept the plea at that time he would be prepared to go to trial.