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Christmas well-wisher zapped with stun gun, Pasco deputies say

ZEPHYRHILLS — On Christmas night, Sheri Brennan gave Deborah Downing a hug and wished her a Merry Christmas.

Downing responded, according to Pasco County sheriff's deputies, by zapping Brennan, 39, at least eight times in the stomach with a stun gun.

Deputies say Downing, 29, fled from the scene but was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery and petty theft. She is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail with bail set at $15,010.

A witness told deputies that Downing may have thought Brennan was coming at her with Christmas tidings and a knife because the women have had a "rocky relationship."

But Brennan told the Pasco Times on Wednesday that she came carrying only goodwill.

"I just wanted to call a truce and stop this craziness. The girl had no reason to not like me," she said.

The two met a year ago and used to get along, said Brennan, a stay-at-home mom. A while back, the two women shopped for Brennan's engagement ring.

The relationship soured, Brennan said, when Downing accused her of stealing something.

Nonetheless, she thought everything was fine between them when she came by Downing's house at 38521 Fir Ave. about 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day to pick up a mutual friend.

Instead, she said, Downing laughed as she jolted Brennan repeatedly with the stun gun.

"She just thought it was funny," Brennan said. "The girl's got issues."

Brennan told deputies that Downing smashed her head into a refrigerator and stole a bottle of cologne and an iPod Shuffle from her that night.

Downing's previous arrests include a four-day stint in the Land O'Lakes jail in November on domestic battery charges.

Brennan said she still has blisters from the stun gun attack. Upon learning of Downing's arrest, Brennan said:

"That's good. Serves her right."

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (813) 435-7312.

Christmas well-wisher zapped with stun gun, Pasco deputies say 01/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 8:42pm]
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