In a heartwarming tale of one drunk helping another, one AA is on trial for shooting another AA after she beat him about the back of the head with a hammer. He claims she was his marijuana supplier. She claims to be a low-end prostitute, and that she was actually banging him in exchange for weed. Somewhere along the way, they each picked up a helluva resentment. It’s a classic “he said, she said” scenario:
Milostan said he was on his knees, taking apart Borieo’s kitchen table when he received a blow to the back of his head.
“I got knocked out,” he said. “I was blacked out. It didn’t seem very long when I woke up on my stomach on the floor and somebody’s on my back. I heard some gunshots as I’m coming to. I’m going, ‘Oh heck, someone’s got a gun.’ I’m going ‘C’mon, Mike, wake up.’”
Milostan eventually shook off his attacker, he said.
“I see this person with hair in her face,” he said. “I know it’s a woman but I’m not really identifying her as Amy. The look on her face was something to remember. It was like nothing I’d ever seen. Her eyes are bugging out of her and there’s not a word coming out of her mouth.
“There wasn’t a cross word between us at that point,” he continued. “She was hitting me with the hammer. She was knocking the snot right out of me.”
A dazed Milostan, blood pouring from his scalp, looked down and noticed his .38-caliber revolver in his hand, he said. Borieo raised the hammer again and Milostan told her to lower it. When she did not, he shot her, he said.
He then called 911 on his cellphone and waited for help to arrive.
Questioned by his attorney Edward M. Czuprynski, Milostan said he met Borieo about a year-and-a-half before the shooting, when he was shooting pool at Bailey’s Bar & Grill in Bay City. He denied ever selling marijuana to Borieo, but said he bought the substance from her to help his wife and a friend deal with side effects of cancer treatment.
Milostan said he only briefly visited Borieo’s home a few times to pick up marijuana, loan her money or to give her supplies for her baby son. He denied having a sexual relationship with her. Borieo has testified he gave her money and marijuana for sex.
Milostan said he and Borieo attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting the evening of March 14, 2010. Upon returning Borieo to her home, he used her bathroom, washed his hands, and accidently left three gold rings by the sink. He realized he forgot the rings the next day, called Borieo and made arrangements to pick them up.