Five Years in Prison for Houston Woman Who Fired Gun Out of Moving Car


Sierra Tarbutton in court this week, learning her fate.  Five years in prison.  For what?  For trying to look cool on Snapchat.

Only an idiot would recklessly shoot a firearm from a moving vehicle.  But it takes a special kind of stupid to not only do that but to post it to Snapchat.

Enter 27-year-old Sierra Tarbutton of Houston, TX.  Back in Septemeber, this genius decided to pop some shots off while cruising down Memorial Drive and Highway 6 in the city.

She was joined by her pal, fellow genius and local drug dealer, Michael “Money Mike” Cuellar.

When Tarbutton spoke to ABC 13 about the incident, she claimed it was no big deal.  It was just some fodder for Snapchat.

“We were drinking at the time and were riding around, shooting in the air,” Tarbutton said.  As a result of their buffoonery, Tarbutton and Cuellar became known as the “Snapchat Shooters.”

Today, though, Tarbutton is realizing that it is a big deal.  After pleading guilty to deadly conduct and criminal mischief, a judge sentenced her to five years in prison.

The judge gave her a small break in that she doesn’t have to turn herself in until Jan. 2.  This way she can spend the holidays with her family.

This was not Ms. Tarbutton’s first run-in with the law.  Imagine that.  She was already serving six years probation for harassing a police officer and threatening the officer’s children.

Sonya Shumway, Tarbuttton’s mother, tried to stick up for her daughter.

“The area they were in, she knows nobody couldn’t have gotten hurt,” said Shumway.  Right…  And she knew that how?  You know what they say about apples and the distance they travel from trees.

Anyways, police seemed happy that the two were apprehended.

“We take dangerous conduct, reckless conduct, deadly conduct seriously and when you’re foolish enough to put it on social media, I assure you that the police department, the sheriff’s department and all of our public safety department are constantly looking at social media looking for these fools,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo said in October, in an interview with Click 2 Houston.

“Thanks to some really good police work we were able to identify a suspect,” said Acevedo.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Dustin Eward May 22, 2020, 9:35 pm

    Men are such irresponsible pigs! Well, maybe the ones willing to stoop to Ms. Tarbutton’s acquaintance…

  • Charles Luckey December 3, 2019, 10:21 am

    If you click on the link “local drug dealer” it takes you to a local new story about the incident. Unbelievably, it states that she was sentenced for these crimes, BUT it still says she “allegedly” shot a firearm. Time to call it as it is! No more doubt about it!!!

  • Jon August 31, 2018, 11:52 pm

    Oh well, girls just gotta have fun…..IDIOTS….both of ’em!

  • David Collis April 27, 2018, 5:45 pm

    Did money mike get to go to jail as well?

  • Jonny5 December 25, 2017, 6:17 am

    She hid her face as she left the courtroom.
    She posted a snapchat video of herself shooting a gun out of a vehicle.
    Bit late to hide her face.

  • Jim S December 23, 2017, 2:22 pm

    Hmmm, looks like a populated area to me. I see a lot of lights in the background. Stupid idiots should never be allowed to obtain a driver’s license ever again.

    • Joe HTX February 16, 2018, 5:48 pm

      That IS a very populated area. I live an approximate 8 min. bicycle ride from Memorial & Hwy 6. The Barker Reservoir is just on the West side of Hwy 6 there. You can tell they’re idiots just from the vertical video. If you’re gonna shoot (pardon the pun) a video, at least make it horizontal so people can actually watch it! Difficult to tell (from the crappy vertical video), but it appears that they were on Hwy 6 driving North toward Memorial Drive.

      Cuellar fired out the window to his left, which, if my assessment is correct, was in a Westerly direction over the non-populated reservoir.
      What he was thinking I know not, because shooting a firearm at “nothing” in the dark is already pretty stupid. But then, to hand over the pistol to your passenger, who is facing East (according to my presumption), and let her fire directly over homes and businesses, is beyond moronic. He should be doing just as much prison time as she is.

  • James December 23, 2017, 10:58 am

    She must have been so drunk/ stoned that she thought she was in Chicago.

  • Daryl December 22, 2017, 8:29 pm

    man oh man, it’s just beyond words. so much could have gone wrong with this to say the least. glad she’ going to jail and hope you drug dealing BF is right behind her if not already in there. both need to be castrated as not to produce anymore like them. i know it’s to late for her as she has kids already but it would stop her from having more. i’m sure we’re paying for the others she has too.

  • Capn Stefano December 22, 2017, 1:40 pm

    Our nation is so messed up. Why, after this sort of conviction, (assuming they are here legally, anyway) would either of these scumbag idiots be allowed to obtain or keep a driver’s lisc? Yet in 3 or so years they’ll be back on the street bangin away

  • Alan December 22, 2017, 11:34 am

    What a dipshit, but then she hangs with and apparently IS a criminal, so I say good.

  • joefoam December 22, 2017, 9:39 am

    Driving around drunk would have been ok but throw in a gun and look out, now you’re talking dangerous. The real risks for average citizens are drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Combined they kill 100s of thousands of American men women and children every year. How about we focus on the things that are really dangerous.

    • joecool December 22, 2017, 11:28 am

      How about we focus on both? Drunk driving is really dangerous AND randomly shooting out of a vehicle is also REALLY DANGEROUS!
      I think we can aggressively prosecute both!

  • Huapakechi December 22, 2017, 8:50 am

    Is there no end to the stupidity of criminals? Why no “felon in possession” charges? for the idiot? Why have laws if they’re not enforced?

    • V December 22, 2017, 12:08 pm

      That was the Plea deal.. Now is she an idiot? Goes without saying..

      The problem as I see it is people like that are not going to improve in prison.. . Will it deter others.. No.. Will it cost $100k or more a year to babysit each of them in a Prison ? Yes

      We need to make deals with foreign countries like Liberia.. give idiots a choice 20 years in Prison or surrendering their US Citizenship and accepting Resident Alien Status in for example Liberia.. We guarantee the Expat say $200 a month and the Liberian Government $100 a month for accepting them.. They can only collect in person from the American Embassy in Liberia.. This is enough money to get along but that’s about it.. The Liberian Government will be happy for the Cash infusion into their economy.. If the ExPats get along and do not cause a problem. They will live in peace.. If they do not.. The Liberian Government will just whack them and forgo a $100.. There will be plenty more $100 payments.

      $500,000 for 5 years the current way and they get out eventually to do the same stuff again.
      $18,000 for 5 years with the above proposed system..
      $482,000 savings over 5 years
      3,774,000 savings over a lifetime..

      We also know with all the other associated costs of prosecution, paying for legal council and the most important cost to victims

      3.7 Million Dollars saved is just the tip of the iceberg..

      Write your Congressmen and suggest the program be created.

      I must say. I have seen how some of the worst deported criminals … suddenly have “Come to Jesus” moments when they find themselves sent back to Mexico, Laos and elsewhere when they realize that the governments there would just as happy to whack them as put up with them.. The ones with any brains become shop keepers or get real jobs.

      If someone commits a violent felony (Other than Murder/Mayhem/Rape/Terrorism) or a Felony Drug Offense in the US.. Give em a choice.. 20 years in Prison or Surrender their Citizenship and enter the program I outlined above. As a Nation we literally would save Billions of Dollars in the Costs of having such people in or out of jail in our society. We would also be a much safer and happier people.

      • Robert Nagy December 22, 2017, 7:31 pm

        It absolutely WILL deter others from this type of behavior, only an idiot would think otherwise.

      • Jonny5 December 25, 2017, 6:13 am

        I like that idea. See how how the gang bangers last there.

    • Navigator March 30, 2018, 3:02 pm

      GREAT IDEA! Let’s get this one done. Make America SAFE again!

  • JGinNJ December 22, 2017, 7:57 am

    Somebody has been watching too many movies or television shows with a lot of shooting and few consequences.

  • Dr Motown December 20, 2017, 9:21 am

    What did her druggie boyfriend get? I’m sure those guns weren’t exactly “legal,” so why not slap some additional charges on her?

    • edward martis December 20, 2017, 5:44 pm

      She should move to SFO after she gets out of the slammer——Behavior like hers is ‘par for the course’ here—-A few of the of the remaining ‘girls’ of the Charlie Manson Family live here; and are treated like “Folk Hero’s” defying “The Establishment”‘ (forever)—–She would fit in very nicely ——By the way Charlie baby croaked about 2 weeks ago in the Corcoran State Prison; 150 miles South of SFO; at the age of 83—-He had been in prison since 1970—–At currently; $70,000 per year to keep an animal like him in the klink….Do the math; to figure out how much he cost the State of Insanity/ California—–Charlie had been in the slammer for 47 years—-He cost California at least $10 million (lawyers—appeals etc)—–Goodbye Charlie and enjoy Hell !!!!

  • piper December 20, 2017, 3:12 am

    She should have gotten at least 20 years.

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