Though beaten and shot by a pair of robbers, Carol Ponciano
of Oroville, Calif., managed to get a pistol from her bedroom and
opened fire on the pair as they assaulted her roommate. Her shots
mortally wounded one of the intruders. The other fled, but a
wounded juvenile was apprehended later. The county sheriff, noting
the dead man had an "18-page rap sheet," said "Had she not done what
she did, I'm convinced we'd have a triple murder on our hands."
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