The husband of a woman struck in the head by a bullet during a gunfight in December pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge.

Steven Jay Schmaing, 27, appeared before Judge G. Todd Baugh and admitted to a charge of felony criminal endangerment for returning gunfire during a shooting at an Underpass Avenue storage facility.

Schmaing told the judge he acted in self-defense when he fired several times at a pickup truck after his wife was hit with gunfire. But Schmaing acknowledged that his role in the shooting caused a substantial risk of serious injury to bystanders.

Schmaing admitted to the charge as part of a plea agreement that calls for prosecutors to recommend a suspended sentence of 10 years with the state Department of Corrections. Schmaing will ask for a three-year deferred sentence.

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Prosecutors allege that Crystal Lundberg fired a .22-caliber pistol into Schmaing's car from a nearby pickup truck on Dec. 20. The woman, 25-year-old Lindsey Marie Schmaing, was struck in the eye.

Schmaing returned fire with a .45-caliber pistol, firing into the truck five times over his shoulder as the vehicles separated. None of the of the four people inside the truck were injured.

Lundberg, 26, is awaiting trial on a charge of attempted murder. She is being held in the county jail on $250,000 bond.   

Schmaing is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 19. He remains free on a $25,000 bond.

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