Pregnant Mom Kills Home Invader, Going to Prison for the Gun She Used
ARKANSAS — September 3, 2018
A pregnant woman who shot and killed an intruder who attacked her in her Arkansas home is facing felony gun possession charges — even though authorities ruled that the shooting was justified — due to a prior marijuana conviction.
This story began on December 7, when Arkansas native Krissy Noble shot to death Dylan Stancoff, who attacked her in her own home. Noble was pregnant at the time of the shooting when Stancoff, calling himself Cameron White, stopped by her home and asked to speak to Noble’s husband who was not home at the time. Saying he was a friend from the military, Stancoff left but returned later, pushed himself into Noble’s home, attempted to cover her mouth to prevent her from screaming, and began to struggle with the mother-to-be.
Once inside, the man tackled her and began trying to cover her mouth with his hand, which she thought smelled of chemicals, the report states. He then started hitting her in the face with his fist.
After she was able to break free, Noble grabbed a .40 caliber handgun off the coffee table and shot the man three times before running to her neighbor's apartment and telling her to call 911, according to the report.
Noble told police that "she feared not only for her safety but for the safety of her baby, and felt that she had no other option in this situation. But because Noble pleaded guilty (before the shooting in 2017) to felony possession of marijuana, she now faces six years in prison, all for the crime of using her husband’s handgun, a gun she successfully used to defend herself and the life of her unborn baby.
The case against Noble will likely be an open and shut one. After all, she pleaded guilty to drug possession and knew she was prevented by law from owning a weapon, a crime which the state takes seriously. The guns belonged to her husband who is not a convicted felon.
But that's not the question. The question is do convicted felons have the constitutional right to defend themselves with a firearm? For most people, the answer is obvious. But lawmakers in many States, including Arkansas, believe that the correct answer is no. Those who do, like Noble, face years in prison, all for choosing to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones with a firearm.
Drug War advocates would likely contend Noble should have been in jail, not out on a suspended sentence, for being in a car where a plant legal in some form in over half the country was found by police. Noble claims the cannabis did not belong to her but to other occupants in the vehicle (no one claimed the drugs so everyone in the car was charged with the same felony).
War on Guns advocates would likely blame Noble for opening her door to a stranger. Both groups of extremists are relentless in their pursuits to put people in prison for possessing a plant, or for choosing to possess a firearm. And both groups’ positions violate natural law.
Noble is now fearful the very baby she saved will not know her until his formative years have passed. But at least she has a son. He lives only because of his mother's courage.