Polk Woman to Serve Time for Firing Gun at Boyfriend

| June 9, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa (EYT) – A Polk woman who fired a gun at her boyfriend last year was sentenced at the Venango County Courthouse on Friday.

Jodi Lee Moody, 55, of Polk, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 10 months to a maximum of 23 months and 29 days in the Venango County Jail. She will receive credit for 110 days served.

Additionally, she will be required to pay $1,100 in restitution to the victim and serve 4 years of probation upon her release.

She will also be required to undergo counseling.

The sentencing was handed down by Judge Robert L. Boyer in the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

On March 22, Moody entered an Alford plea to one second-degree count of aggravated assault. An Alford plea is a guilty plea by a defendant who claims to be innocent but believes the evidence too strong to go to trial.

As a result of the plea, the following charges were dismissed:

– Criminal Attempt – Criminal Homicide, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2 (one count)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

Details of the case:

According to Franklin-based State Police, around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017, members of the Franklin Police Station responded to a shooting incident that occurred at a residence in Victory Township, Venango County.

Upon arrival of police, Jodi Lee Moody fled the scene.

The investigation revealed that Moody was involved in an altercation with her live-in boyfriend, a 60-year-old Polk man.

Following an argument, Moody allegedly retrieved a loaded revolver from a closet, pointed it at the victim and fired, according to police.

The victim retreated from the bedroom of the residence to the kitchen area. As the victim was running down the hall, Moody allegedly fired a second round. Once in the kitchen, Moody allegedly fired a third round which narrowly missed striking the victim, police say.

At the time of the last shot, Moody was in very close proximity to the victim, which afforded the victim the opportunity to grab the revolver and disarm Moody, according to police.

It was at this time that Moody fled the scene.

Moody was observed at a convenience store located approximately seven miles from the scene. Moody again fled prior to PSP members arriving at that location.

Several hours later, Moody was located in Farrell, where she was detained and later taken into custody after a warrant for her arrest was issued by Judge Lowrey.

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