Sentenced to 60 years after pleading guilty for attempted murder, Amethyst Baird Rathore asked for and received forgiveness from the LDWF she shot, Tyler Wheeler.
Amethyst Baird Rathore was sentenced to 60 years in prison, without the benefit of parole, for the attempted murder of wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler.
Rathore was also sentenced to 40 years in prison for obstruction of justice and 10 years for possession of stolen property.
All sentences will run concurrently.
In January of 2017, Rathore shot Tyler Wheeler, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent, multiple times during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 165, near the Hideaway Lounge.
Wheeler, who was en route to umpire a baseball game after the sentencing Friday, said he is satisfied with the sentence.
"I think it was very fair, given the circumstances," he said. "Her intent with that fourth shot was to kill. Yes, she got some time, but she has to answer for her mistakes."
Wheeler said the fourth bullet is still lodged in the back of his head, but it hasn't stopped him from living life to the fullest.
"I am blessed to have no permanent damage," he said. "I am able to do everything I was once able to do."
Rathore plead guilty of all charges and issued a handwritten statement, asking Tyler Wheeler and his family for their forgiveness, after she was sentenced on Friday, March 2.
"Every time I pray, I thank God for sparing Officer Wheeler's life, and for his miraculous recovery. I admire his courage in returning to work and I wish him the best in his career. I want him to know that I am forever sorry for the pain I have caused him and his family. I pray for him and his family daily, and I hope one day he can find forgiveness in his heart," Rathore said.
Wheeler replied that he harbors no hatred in his heart for anyone, including Rathore.
"I forgave a long time ago," he said. "I was taught to forgive. People have to answer to God. She made a mistake and there are consequences. I don't have hate in my heart for her. It is all part of my job. I forgive her for what she did."
Wheeler said the worst part of the entire experience was the hardship his family went through during the shooting, and afterward.
"They saw me in the worst condition, not knowing if I was going to live or die," he said. "I am blessed to be back at work and doing the same thing I was doing prior."