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Man pleads guilty to reduced charge in shooting, gets probation

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:37 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:18 AM
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An Augusta man accused of shooting and wounding another man after an argument and physical confrontation pleaded guilty to reduced charges Wednesday and received a probation sentence of three years.

Christopher Y. Bush, 25, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to terroristic threats, fleeing from a police officer, reckless driving and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers told the judge he agreed to the plea negotiation because witnesses, including the shooting victim’s brother, refused to cooperate and others gave conflicting accounts about what happened April 15, 2012, when Clinton Coleman was shot.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet accepted the sentencing recommendation, noting Bush was jailed for eight months awaiting trial.

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SB3 07/10/13 - 09:36 pm
Convicted felon in possession of a handgun

No additional jail time even though it was used in a crime? 8 months is not enough.

owensjef3 07/11/13 - 04:35 am
Say what now! Probation ?

Say what now! Probation ? Please!

lifelongresident 07/11/13 - 07:48 am
probation for a felon in possession of a gun

well..well..well listen all supporters of the 2nd amendment-the "deafening" silence we hear are the so-called gun control advocates...i have yet to have one explaing to me how restricting or eliminating guns of the law-abiding citizen would have stopped this "thug" from getting a gun and shooting someone or committing any other crime....i am still trying to wrap my head around how a CONVICTED FELON-of course he's black in possession of a gun is given probation..he should be locked up for about 5 years...oh yeah that's right if you put gorillas like this one in jail then there's no money to be made off of him thru monthly or weekly probation i guess "ole" chris will go down "to dey local welfare/foo stamp office sign up and use he welfare check or foo stamp card to pay he fine, while go bout he merry way and committ other crimes until he kilt somebody..din he wil go to jail"

my.voice 07/11/13 - 08:45 am
By all means, turn him loose,

By all means, turn him loose, I am sure he has learned his lesson. (The lesson being the courts dont care)

itsanotherday1 07/11/13 - 09:29 am
And the libs want more gun

And the libs want more gun control laws when the answer is under their nose....... This dude should have automatically gotten 20 years for the felonious use of a gun.

Talk about "messed up", if he had been caught with a bag of weed or pills he would have gotten more time.

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