William Striler said he pulled a revolver from his coat and fired six shots at attorney Gerry Curry, 53 ito express his dissatisfaction in Curry’s handling of his case. The victim ducked behind a small tree to avoid being shot, but was struck multiple times. In the end, Curry made a complete recovery.
Striler had received a $100,000 personal injury settlement after an accident. However, the majority of the $100,000 settlement was placed into a trust by the court so that it could be used for Striler’s medical care and physical therapy. Striler, who was sixty-three years old at the time of the shooting, was dissatified with this arrangement. As a result, he retained legal counsel so that he could get direct access to the money. The trustee who was appointed to oversee Striler’s funds contested the suit and retained the services of Gerald Curry. According to his own statements, Striler was incensed by the fact that Curry’s fees were being paid out of his $100,000. I’d be pissed too if the legal system was leeching out of my settlement but I’m also a better shot. Curry made a complete recovery.
William Striler, who lived in Thousand Oaks, California, had a history of violence. In 1969, Striler was arrested after shooting a neighbor four times. However, because Striler claimed to have a psychiatric condition, his sentence was reduced.
In 2005, a jury convicted Striler of attempted first-degree murder. On March 17, 2006, Judge Rand Rubin sentenced Striler to life in prison, plus twenty-five years. In addition, Striler was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution to Curry.