Terrance Kiernan - Ex wife Unadilla Supervisor Linda Walker [March 17, 2010]
Charges changed in case of Unadilla woman held at gunpoint
BY LISA ROOSE-CHURCH
DAILY PRESS and ARGUS
March 24, 2010
The Livingston County prosecutor’s office revised charges against a Unadilla Township man accused of holding his former wife at gunpoint at her law office in Fowlerville.
Terence Shawn Kiernan, 52, was initially charged in Livingston County District Court with assault with intent to commit murder for allegedly holding his ex-wife, Unadilla Township Supervisor Linda Walker, at gunpoint at her law office on Grand River Avenue in Fowlerville.
However, Prosecutor David Morse revised the charge today to extortion after learning the weapon was not loaded.
Morse said to prove the assault charge he would have had to show that Kiernan had intent to kill Walker, but without a loaded gun that intent disappears.
Kiernan also is charged with felonious assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed weapon, drunken driving and possession of a firearm under the influence of alcohol.
Kiernan, who is being held in the Livingston County Jail on a $1 million bond, returns to District Court on April 14 for an exam conference.
Walker said she had just returned from lunch March 17 when Kiernan came into her law office shortly after 1 p.m., and pointed a revolver at her. She said she begged him “not to kill me,” and wrestled with him for the gun, but he knocked her to the ground and held the gun at her head.
Walker said Kiernan was angry with her because she receives a portion of his pension benefits through their divorce agreement. She said Kiernan demanded that she return the benefits.