January 11, 1998 in City

Man Gets Prison Term In Road Rage Shooting

From Staff And Wire Reports

A Snohomish man will spend 1-1/2 years in prison for the “road rage” shooting of another motorist along Interstate 5 in May.

Jeffrey Conrad Thompson, 54, was sentenced Friday by Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Anita Farris. A jury last month convicted Thompson of second-degree assault in the May 16 shooting of James McClure, 50, of Bothell.

Thompson, an aerospace worker, and McClure, an insurance agent, were driving on I-5 near Lynnwood when they got into a moving argument on the congested freeway. Gestures were exchanged and both drivers left the freeway at the same exit, where they became stopped in traffic, jurors were told.

McClure got out of his car, walked back to Thompson, and asked him if he had a problem. Some blows were exchanged.

Thompson testified that he feared for his life and pulled his .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, firing twice. One bullet struck the ground; the other hit McClure near the groin.

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