Admitted killer found not guilty by reason of insanity

Admitted killer found not guilty by reason of insanity
GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- A Gig Harbor woman who admitted to killing a man inside a local market is not going to prison, and the victim's family is furious.

On Thursday, Laura Sorenson was found not guilty of the murder by reason of insanity.

On the afternoon of August 11, 2012, Deputies rushed to the Peninsula Market after getting reports that a woman inside the store was yelling "pedophile" and randomly shooting at men. When they arrived, they learned that three men had been shot.

David Long was severely wounded and later died of his injuries.

Sorenson admitted to shooting the men, but the 20-year old has not said why. She has been in and out of mental institutions for much of her life, and after Thursday's ruling she will once again be institutionalized.

The decision outraged Long's family.

"I feel completely unjustified. I don't think justice was served. I think she's mentally evil, I don't think she's mentally ill," said Heidi Michaelson, Long's sister.

Sorenson had been in a mental hospital several years ago for attacking her stepfather with a knife, but she was released when her insurance money ran out.

Prosecutors say it was a tough decision, but the experts who examined Sorenson determined she was insane.

"So she will be committed to Western State for up to life and we do not anticipate that she will be released," said deputy prosecutor Lori Kooiman.

Lee Crider was inside the market that August day and was shot in the leg. Despite nearly losing his life, he said he's okay with Sorenson spending the rest of her days at Western State.

"I don't think she's ever getting out. I wouldn't want her to get out," he said.

While Sorenson heads off to the mental hospital, Long's family is trying to deal with their loss.

"I go on with my life. That's all I can do," Michaelson said. "It's left me with a very large emptiness."

The third victim, Austin Turner, recovered from his injuries and has since returned to his job as a checker at the market.