She stole a car, faked a seizure and then pulled a gun on the rescue workers who came to help her. In return, 25-year-old Justine Dubois will spend the next nine years in jail.
Dubois was sentenced to 11 years in prison for pulling the gun and shooting one of the EMTs who came to her aid.
The incident all started near the Center Street Mall in July, 2013. EMTs answered a call but soon discovered that they were the ones in need of help.
The “Help a Firefighter” call went out as Justine Dubois was in the back of a rescue unit with a gun.
In court on Friday, firefighters Julie Ann Moran and Brock Borhart read statements. Borhart, who was shot by Dubois, said he believed the defendant had every intention to kill him that day. Moran told the court that this could be a double homicide case.
Both were in the ambulance when Dubois started shooting. Prosecutors say she was in possession of two guns and a half-pound of methamphetamine. They say she stashed one of the guns and the drugs before getting into the ambulance.
Dubois has a history of drugs, guns and gangs. Prosecutors wanted her to spend a long time in prison but she made a deal: possession of a weapon by a prohibited person; use of a weapon to commit a felony; making terroristic threats and receiving stolen property gives her 11 years in prison. She will be free in nine-and-a-half years.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, “We're very fortunate no one got killed. Obviously we thought a higher sentence would be appropriate.”
But Justine's sister, Deana Tapia, was hoping Dubois would get a break. She says they grew up in separate homes and Justine had it rough.
Tapia said, “She was in and out of homes. She was away from the family growing up with people from her father’s side that she really didn’t know. She really didn’t have a good role model; anybody to look up to.”
Tapia said she tried everything to help her sister. She even has feelings of guilt because she tried so hard to pull her away from her problems.
“I kind of feel partly responsible ‘cause this last time, the end of June, I gave her some tough love. I said she couldn’t stay with me anymore if she wasn’t going to straighten up. Then I got a phone call from a news station telling me she was in the hospital.”
Deana says she now hopes that something good comes from all of this and that her sister uses the time in jail to get her life together.