Man Beaten And Shot By Neighbor Speaks Out

NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — A Nevada County man is now telling his story about a nightmare neighbor, the 68-year-old woman who shot at him, and is accused of beating him with a stick.

It’s a story we first brought you last week. Christopher Silva says he hasn’t gotten along with his neighbor for years, and it all stems from the same section of road they both have to use. Now, Silva says he has a plan to end the feud for good.

“I opened my gate pulled in with the truck,” said Silva. “I turned around to see my neighbor, Miss Lee, coming at me with a large canister and my vision went blurry.

From there, Christopher Silva says he found himself under attack from who seems to be the most unlikely suspect: his 68-year-old neighbor, Artemesia Lee.

“It was attempted murder, there is no other way to look at it,” said Silva.

Investigators say Lee pepper sprayed him then beat him over the head with a stick.

“It broke the skin,” said Silva. “I did get a concussion. I threw up all that night.”

The fight was over property lines. Lee complains that when Silva opens his gate, it rattles, making her dogs bark. They both use the same private road to get to their driveways, and now Silva says he’s going to get the land surveyed to find out who owns the private road.

The other neighbor will then have to find another way home.

“All over just an easement, it’s hard to understand,” said Silva.

And this isn’t the first attack.

“She shot me,” he said.

Six years ago Lee shot Silva. He says she stole wood from his property.

“I approached her about it. She took six shots and the sixth one hit me in the leg with the shotgun,” he said.

Despite the most recent attack, he said he’s still trying to be a good neighbor by taking care of her pets when she’s not around.

“I’m the only one feeding her dogs,” he said.

We talked to Lee by phone tonight. She says she was too tired to talk or give us her version of events. She is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and violating her probation.

  • neighborTrouble

    This is a big problem in the foothills. I have a problem with my neighbor illegally taking my property by placing fences five to ten feet within my property line (she also tried to take my other neighbor’s property the same way). And she is a teacher and coach at a local school!

    When we try to talk to her, she goes ballistic! Her husband is a nutcase contractor that tried to run me off of the road with his truck. I have never provoked them and I do everything I can to avoid them. I try to love my neighbors, but this one I only love to stay away from.

  • friend for life

    this is so sad
    stranger danger get to know your neighbors

    • mark

      friend for life YOU are an idiot

  • Tapestry

    She might have AZ it sounds like it.
    My Grnadma started fighting wiith the neighbors. it went on for years.
    She did all sorts of mean stuff until my uncle got her to the doctors.

  • criticalthinking

    So Silva apparently knows the property boundries from when Lee stole some wood, but doesn’t know the easement boundry for the drive-way? Curious, isn’t it? I don’t believe this man is the good neighbor he pretends to be.

    • TM

      You don’t make any sense. She accused him of stealing wood and he denies it. What is an easement boundry? Both of their houses need this driveway to be accessed. She believes this road is on her property and he believes it is on his. He is hiring someone to figure it out and there will be no more easement. The person who doesn’t own the road will have to make a new one or hop a fence and walk home. I don’t understand what you saw that makes you doubt this man was anything but neighborly.

      • SLH

        TM, actually, you have that backwards. He accused her of stealing wood and she shot him.

      • TM

        duly noted :-)

  • Wayne Greene

    He can save his money by going to a title company and get a “Property profile”
    on his property and one on hers see who has the right-of-way, most of the time the profile is Free!

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