The husband of the Tamarac grandmother arrested for shooting her son-in-law has been charged with accessory after the fact.
Sheldon Hepner, 68, is in custody in a local hospital after allegedly lying about the handgun Cheryl Hepner used to shoot Salvatore Miglino, who captured the entire incident on his iPhone.
Hepner told police he hadn't kept a gun in the couple's house for years, according to the arrest warrant, but investigators say his brother-in-law Harvey Stein tearfully confessed to having provided the .22 caliber Barretta to the Hepners weeks before the shooting so they could defend themselves against Miglino, with whom their daughter was involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle.
Stein loaded the gun, showed the Hepners how to use it, and told them all they had to do was pull the trigger, said BSO spokesperson Dani Moschella, who said charges have not been filed against Stein but the investigation is ongoing.
On December 7, Miglino, 39, arrived at the Hepner's home to pick up his three-year-old son per a court-ordered custody schedule. Expecting Cheryl Hepner to be combative as she met him in the yard with the child's pillow and bag, he hit record on his phone before stepping out of the car.
The phone instead captured Hepner attempting to lure Miglino inside, telling him her husband was dying of cancer. When Miglino declined to enter the house, Moschella said, Hepner pulled a gun from behind her grandson's pillow and fired three shots at her son-in-law, hitting him twice in the ribcage and shoulder.
Hepner told investigators that the incident began when Miglino tried to shoot her, and she knocked the gun from his hand and shot him in self-defense. But when investigators charged the phone and viewed the recording, the 66-year-old was arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder.
Miglino is recovering from his wounds. According to police reports, his estranged wife was at a pizza parlor with the couple's son during the shooting.
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