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Ruling: Stun gun use can trigger tougher sentences

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A new Arizona court ruling says use of stun guns while committing crimes can trigger tougher sentences.

The state Court of Appeals has upheld using a sentencing enhancement for a woman who participated in a 2011 home invasion in which a stun gun was used on the victim.

The enhancement resulted in longer prison sentences for two of Amy Gustafson's convictions in Pima County Superior Court.

The home invasion victim had a heart condition and fell on a concrete floor when she was stunned.

Gustafon's lawyer argued that a stun gun was not a dangerous instrument. However, the appeals court ruled that jurors reasonably concluded that it was based on common sense and circumstances of the crimes.

Gustafson is serving a 10.5-year sentence at the Perryville state prison complex.

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