A teenager who fired shots last year at his mother and deputies responding to a fight at his home received seven years in prison Wednesday.
Joshua Haynes, 17, faced up to 110 years in prison for three charges of aggravated assault, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, terroristic threats and interference with government property. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and two weapons charges in exchange for Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet’s sentence, which includes five years’ probation.
The charges stem from July 26, when Haynes started an argument with his mother at their apartment in the 1900 block of Murphy Road. Haynes fire shots, but whether they were directed at his mother or the ceiling is disputed. The claim that he tried to shoot his mother “is just not accurate,” said his attorney, Rahmaan Bowick.
Richmond County deputies responding to the argument heard shots, but only Deputy Jo Martin said he saw Haynes shooting. Haynes was captured six hours after the incident.