A diagnosed mental illness played a role in the four-year probation term a rural South Pekin woman will serve for shooting her husband in the leg.

Karen Garman, 56, was sentenced Monday for aggravated domestic battery causing bodily harm as more serious charges, including attempted murder, were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Garman pleaded guilty but mentally ill, an option that arose after she was diagnosed with a mental illness during pre-trial investigations. The nature of her illness was not revealed.

Garman faces up to 14 years in prison if she violates terms of her probation that include mental health treatment and drug and alcohol testing. She had no prior felony record and had been free on bond since her arrest.

She shot her husband Kevin, then 61, just above his ankle and fired at least once again as he fled their home in rural Pekin the morning of March 9, 2017. A motive for the attack was never revealed in court.

At the time of the shooting, Garman worked as a Peoria District 150 school teacher, according to her attorney. Her current work status was not available Monday.

Kevin Garman told police he answered his wife’s call to come to the home’s basement, where she pulled out a handgun and shot him. More shots came as she pursued his flight from the house, he said. He hid from her until police arrived.

Garman texted her daughter to report, “I shot Kevin, he’s not dead,” then called the police to state she had just shot her husband, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.

Police found her standing near the door of the home, the weapon in the home where she said she’d left it, two unspent bullets and a pool of blood in the basement, the affidavit stated.