A man accused of accidentally shooting a Harlem High School student in August was sentenced to jail Thursday morning.
Jeremy Lane Farley, 23, of the 6700 block of Wrightsboro Road in Harlem, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm on a public roadway, a misdemeanor, his attorney Jason Troiano said.
Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown gave Farley a five-year sentence. He’s to serve the first 18 months in the Columbia County Detention Center and the remainder on probation.
On Aug. 19, Jeffery Taylor Ray, of Joy Road, told deputies that he was at Woodlawn CME Church on Old Appling Harlem Road about 10:15 p.m. when a Jeep with three men inside stopped at the church.
There was an argument and Farley pulled out a gun and fired it once in the air. A second shot fired at the ground ricocheted and hit Ray in the arm, Troiano said.
Ray, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, ran to a nearby home and called 911, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He has recovered from the gunshot wound.
Farley turned himself in to authorities the next day, confessed and turned over the gun used in the shooting, Troiano said.