Michigan man who shot pro-life canvasser in back avoids jail time, sentenced to community service and $347.19 fine
· May 30, 2023 · NottheBee.com

In 2022, a Michigan man shot an old woman in the back as she was leaving his property, narrowly missing her spine, because he considered her a right-wing extremist.

Joan Jacobson, 84, was shot by Richard Harvey, 75, when she was going door-to-door, passing out literature in opposition to a pro-abortion state proposal, Not The Bee previously reported.

Richard Harvey, 75, recently pleaded "no contest" to felonious assault, careless discharge of a firearm causing injury, and reckless discharge of a firearm. Despite that, he has been allowed to avoid jail time in favor of community service and a small fine.

Richard Harvey, 75, was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger also gave him a suspended jail sentence of two months and a delayed sentence of one year on probation.

Harvey pleaded no contest last month to felonious assault, careless discharge of a firearm causing injury and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Harvey also must pay $347.19 in restitution and cannot have any contact with the woman he shot, 84-year-old Joan Jacobson.

Harvey's wife, Sharon, got into an argument with Jacobson before Richard Harvey shot Jacobson "as she was trying to leave the couple's property."

I guess a simple "No, thank you," and closing the door were too difficult for the Harveys that day.

Jacobson's attorney said Sharon Harvey was "hostile, belligerent, and antagonistic" when Jacobson came to her door, LifeNews reports.

[Richard] Harvey has admitted to firing a warning shot at Jacobson before shooting the elderly woman but claims it was an accident. Jacobson and her attorney say that's completely false and point out that Richard Harvey had already fired a warning shot and Jacobson had turned away to leave the couple's property in her vehicle.

The attorney says the Harveys didn't even try to help Jacobson once they realized Richard had shot her and he said Sharon Harvey didn't bother to call 911 for help even though she had a cell phone with her at the time.

Sharon Harvey's Facebook page allegedly shows "very strong opinions on abortion" and "vitriol for prolifers and anyone who disagrees with her," according to Anna Visser, Right to Life Michigan Communications Director.

This couple is a match made in leftist heaven.

A later 911 call made by the Harveys after Jacobson was shot reveals more about the motive behind the incident.

Richard Harvey called her a "right-wing nut" during the conversation with the 911 dispatcher.

Harvey tells the dispatcher that Jacobson "was in some coalition to stop the vote on Proposal 3."

Richard then adds, "She's a right wing nut" — making his motive to shoot Jacobson very clear.

Remember how the U.S. Department of Justice brought a federal case against that Catholic dad who pushed a pro-abortion activist to the ground in an effort to protect his son?

Remember how they sent armed FBI agents and a SWAT team to kick in his door and terrify his wife and seven kids?

Compare that to this case, where a pro-abortion man gets community service for shooting a pro-life grandmother in the back.

Earlier in the call, Sharon Harvey makes the claim that Jacobson wouldn't leave.

"Some lady over here wouldn't leave my property and she needs to be arrested," Harvey told a dispatcher. "She's trying to have me sign a petition and I won't do it and I told her to get off my property. And she wouldn't go.

"My husband nicked her with a gun," Sharon Harvey said — leaving the 911 dispatcher confused as to what happened and making it appear Richard never shot at Jacobson.

Later in the call, they Harveys finally admit Richard intentionally fired a warning shot and then shot her with the gun as she was leaving.

"Anything else you need to tell me?" the dispatcher asks.

"No, I'm sorry I shot her," he said.

Well, I guess since he said he's sorry...

Meanwhile, for those who dare to block the entrance to abortion clinics:

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