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Augusta teen gets 7 years in prison in shooting

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 1:32 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 2:50 AM
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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.

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Joshua Haynes, 17, stands with his attorney, Rahmaan Bowick. Haynes, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and weapons charges, received a sentence of seven years in prison and five years' probation.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Joshua Haynes, 17, stands with his attorney, Rahmaan Bowick. Haynes, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and weapons charges, received a sentence of seven years in prison and five years' probation.

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.

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Asitisinaug 02/08/12 - 07:10 pm
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110 years plead down to

110 years plead down to 7...what a disgrace. Shoot at an officer of the law and get a mere 7 years. Time for Judge Overstreet to retire or learn to dispense justice from the bench as he does when someone breaks into his own home.

This 17 year old shoots at his MOM and POLICE and gets 7 years while another violent criminal offender today, 16 years old shoots his criminal friend and gets 10 years.

Plea deals need to END or be far stricter. We are trying so hard to push everyone through the system that they are getting out by the time the paperwork is done. We have lost enough officers/deputies and it is a COMPTELE DISGRACE to give anyone 7 years for shooting at our paid public safety professionals in the line of duty.

Frankly, this is unacceptable and needs to be reviewed further. Who were the attornies, who at the DA's office signed off on this, why did Judge Overstreet who will shoot to kill if they break into his house allow an attempted murderer to only get 7 years and what can be done to change our laws if necessary to ensure this ridiculousness can NEVER happen again?

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