FULL INTERVIEW: Man who survived bullet to the head shares his experience

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An Owensboro man survived a bullet to the head, and the woman police say did it pleads guilty to a lesser charge Monday.

Omari McFarlane sat outside a Daviess County courtroom, reflecting on a rainy September night as the mother of his three kids walked in to face the judge.

“I was cold,” he recalls. “I think I’m gonna die.”

Owensboro Police says Hoffman shot McFarlane as he slept at their home on East 17th Street.

Hoffman plead guilty to a felony, but she many not spend any time in prison. The Commonwealth Attorney dropped attempted murder and kidnapping charges.

Hoffman plead guilty to an official charge of assault under extreme emotional disturbance.

“Jokingly I thought, [she] would always tell me, ‘You know I could get away with murder with you,’” McFarlane said.

“’I’m a pretty little while girl and you’re a big ol’ mean black guy,’” said McFarlane, explaining what Hoffman allegedly told him. “’All I got to do is take your nails and scratch under my skin, just say you did this.’”

After being shot, Omari remembers losing blood while waiting for help.

“I yelled out, ‘K!’ At first, my initial thought was the ceiling fan had fell on my head,” said McFarlane.

Owensboro police said Hoffman forced McFarlane into a car, drove him to a county road, and shot him again. “That’s when she shot me in the head. The bullet went from here, out of my mouth, and my neck,” said McFarlane.

McFarlane said they’d been together for 15 years.

According to the judge, there’s a history of domestic violence which Omar and his lawyer deny.

Hoffman is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22. Assault in the first degree has a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The Commonwealth said it’s not opposed to Hoffman serving her time on probation.

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(This story was originally published on March 11, 2019)

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