When she heard her drunk husband cock his pistol, Karolyn Schmeelk told her daughter to run.
Andrea Emmett bolted, but he followed her down the stairs of their Mableton home. She locked the entrance to the garage behind her before opening the garage door a couple of feet to crawl underneath. She heard him kicking his way into the garage.
As she scrambled under the door, Cobb County police say Gregory Schmeelk shot at the 23-year-old about five times.
The rounds missed, lodging in the engine compartment of his parked car, and Emmett fled, hiding behind a tree.
Schmeelk ran down the driveway looking for her as his wife tugged on his shirt pleading for him to stop, but he lost the young woman in the dark that March 2016 night. She’d made it to a neighbor’s home, according to a police warrant.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Schmeelk to 10 years in prison and another 10 years of probation upon his release, according to prosecutors.
Schmeelk, 51, was convicted in April of aggravated assault and reckless conduct.
“That man was hunting down his stepdaughter,” said Rachel Hines, one of the prosecutors on the case.
The trouble started about 9 p.m. on March 25, 2016, when the couple was arguing. Emmett told her stepfather to leave her mother alone and go to bed because he was intoxicated, the warrant says.
He went into his bedroom, got his .45-caliber Colt Commander and chambered a round.
In the driveway, Schmeelk pointed the gun at his wife’s face and “told her he was going to shoot her if she didn’t not let go of his shirt when she was trying to stop him from shooting ... at her daughter,” the warrant said.
Schmeelk has been in Cobb jail since that night and will get credit for the 450 or so days he has already served.
“This was a nightmare for these women, and not once did he show remorse for terrorizing them,” Hines said.
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