Winston-Salem man convicted of breaking into a woman’s house, shooting at her

Jefferey Stuart Sneed

Jefferey Stuart Sneed

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was convicted Thursday of breaking into a woman’s house and then shooting at her while she tried to get away, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Jeffrey Stuart Sneed, 25, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to attempted first-degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, breaking and entering and larceny.

Judge Brad Long of Forsyth Superior Court consolidated the charges and sentenced him to about 13 years to 16 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Ben White said that the shooting occurred Dec. 9, 2015 in the 400 block of Stonegate Lane. Julie Epperson had just dropped her children off at school and had returned home when she noticed that the rear door of her house was damaged and open.

She went back to her car and called 911. A man wearing a black ski mask approached her and demanded that she get out of the car.

When she refused, the man, later identified as Sneed, pointed a handgun at her and fired. One of the bullets hit the front windshield of the car. Another bullet hit the car door. Epperson was not hit and was able to run away. While she was running, she fell and hurt her shoulder, White said.