Why did a judge call this man "breathtakingly stupid?"
What does it take to get a judge to describe you, in court, as "breathtakingly stupid?"
The story, according to Oregon Live, begins October 28 of 2017, when 42-year-old Daniel Dean Voight of Scappoose thought it would be terrific fun to point his .22 revolver at his 20-year-old son, Rafael Camacho, and pull the trigger, just to scare him.
According to court records, Voight pointed the weapon at his son and shouted, "Rafael, tell me if this hurts!"
It did. Because the weapon was loaded, which our Dad of the Year realized when his son staggered. The sound of a gunshot was likely a big clue, too.
Thankfully, Raphael was OK after being treated at a local hospital for birdshot pellet wounds to his hands, his abdomen, and -- ouch -- his testicles.
Dad's in a bit more of a pickle. After the hospital reported the shooting to police, as required by law, Camacho at first told police he'd been shot by a stranger trying to break into his car. But the subsequent investigation ultimately uncovered the truth. Add to that the fact Voight's a convicted felon and so isn't allowed to possess a gun to begin with.
Which brings us to Monday's sentencing, at which time U.S. Chief District Judge Michael W. Mosmandeclared to Voight that he'd “never heard of something that breathtakingly stupid in my life’’ as what he'd done to his son.
Although Voight's attorney argued he's been on the straight and narrow for the last ten years, the judge nonetheless sentenced Voight to 15 months in prison.