Suicide Attempt Has Fort Carson Soldier In Trouble

Prosecutors Press Charges Because Wife Was Shot During Incident

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Joshua and Crystal Bradley thought the worst was over when she halted his suicide attempt at their home last summer. They were wrong.

Crystal Bradley was accidentally shot in the leg in August 2011 during the incident. She said she didn't blame her husband and didn't want to file charges, but the District Attorney's Office believed otherwise. Joshua Bradley spent a week in jail and faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and prohibitive use of a weapon.

"If I get convicted of this, I'll be facing five years in prison," said Bradley, 25. "Then I'll get kicked out of the Army and won't have a job."

Bradley said he was depressed because during a deployment to Afghanistan, his wife left him and his grandmother died. He said around the time of his suicide attempt, he met Crystal and got help for his depression. The couple married in January.

The couple says they don't know why prosecutors persist in making a case against them.

"I told them it was strictly an accident," said Crystal Bradley, 22. "And I feel like that went in one ear and out the other. They're trying to make it so it's not an accident. I feel pressured. They've sent letters but no one has personally tried to call me."

"Maybe they think because I shot someone, I shouldn't get away with it," said Joshua Bradley. "But it was my wife and it was an accident."

Monday evening, the District Attorney's Office said the case has been moved to veteran's court -- for which Bradley said he doesn't qualify because he doesn't have post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury. If that changes, Bradley has a hearing in civilian court scheduled for next week.

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