Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Stanley L. Fields to the maximum time possible for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of attempted burglary. A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted the 20-year-old of all charges Wednesday.
Fields was 18 years old and Aaron Bey was 16 when they broke into apartments on Skinner Mill Road just after midnight Feb. 18, 2011.
Wayne Eggins Jr. was a healthy, working man looking forward to marriage and the birth of his first son when he took action to stop two men from breaking into a neighbor’s apartment.
“Mr. Eggins is a walking, talking miracle,” Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry said Wednesday. A bullet fragment is still lodged in his brain, and he’s partially paralyzed, in constant pain, and unable to work or hold his son in both arms, Usry said.
Fields said he was there the night Eggins was shot but insisted Bey was the shooter. He pleaded not guilty.
Bey, however, said Fields was the shooter. Though Eggins couldn’t identify the man who shot him, he said one of the burglars was Bey and that Bey could not have shot him.
Bey pleaded guilty in June and received a sentence of 11 years in prison followed by 24 years’ probation.
Fields apologized to Eggins on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t my intention to hurt anybody,” he said.