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Augusta man shot during burglary sentenced to 4 years

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 4:10 PM
Last updated 4:12 PM
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An Augusta man shot twice by a deputy in January said Wednesday that the near-death experience helped him kick his drug habit and turn his life around.

Phillip Pope
Phillip Pope

Deputies cornered Phillip Pope, 27, on Jan. 16 inside the garage of Econo Auto Painting and Body Works on Deans Bridge Road, where Pope was pulling stereos out of cars. Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said in court that Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy Austin Shepherd fired two shots at Pope when he charged at the deputy with a crowbar.

“I really am sorry for it,” Pope told Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet. “I want to make this right.”

Pope made an open plea, leaving it up to the judge to decide his sentence for burglary and a charge reduced from aggravated assault to terrorist threats. Overstreet gave him four years in prison and four years’ probation.

Pope’s attorney, Maureen Floyd, described for Overstreet how one bullet hit Pope in the arm and the other broke his ribs and lodged in his spine. Pope was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery, and his heart stopped beating twice during surgery. Pope said he had a vision of his grandmother standing in a field calling his name, but he couldn’t reach her.

Pope said the experience changed him completely, and the family surrounding him vouched that Pope had found a new set of friends and way of life. One of the bullets is still inside him, and Pope’s father said Pope is sometimes bedridden because of the pain.

Overstreet made no comments beyond setting the sentence.

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iLove
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iLove 11/30/11 - 05:47 pm
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Hats off for kicking the
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Hats off for kicking the habit! Sometimes God will let the bottom fall out to get your attention. Stay strong Mr. Pope.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 11/30/11 - 07:57 pm
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Let's just hope his time in

Let's just hope his time in prison does not recorrupt him. I have heard some nasty stories about prison life.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 11/30/11 - 08:05 pm
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Sometimes it takes an

Sometimes it takes an experience such as this to change someone. We'll see....

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 11/30/11 - 08:53 pm
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I think this one will be ok

I think this one will be ok after his 4 yr hitch. A white suit, a tray of blackeyed peas and a shovel will set him right. It worked on me 40 yrs ago.

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CABoatright 12/01/11 - 08:26 am
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Glad he's clean but come on
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Glad he's clean but come on folks...he's 27 & "sometimes bedridden?" I've had 3 back surgeries, don't whine (much) & show up to work everyday. Maybe he'll feel better after 4 years of R & R.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 12/01/11 - 12:20 pm
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We can all hope he gets on

We can all hope he gets on the straight and narrow but crime is destroyng so many jobs where is he going to work? How are all these people being put out of work by rampant crime & corruption going to make it?

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