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James C. Tate Jr. gets prison term for near-fatal shooting

Monday, March 17, 2014 2:44 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:24 AM
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A man who attacked and shot his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

James C. Tate Jr., 32, will have an additional five years to serve on probation after he completes the prison term under the plea agreement worked out in Richmond County Superior Court.

Assistant District Attorney Amanda Heath said that on Aug. 7, Tate attacked Bertha Lopez, punching and choking her. He then took Lopez’s gun and shot her in the leg, severing the femoral artery, Heath said.

Lopez could have bled to death if not for the quick response of the ambulance and medical care she received, Heath said.

Tate was stopped while driving Lopez’s vehicle four hours after the attack.

“There was no reason for this man to come home and do this to me,” Lopez said.

Tate had no previous criminal conviction and was working at the time of the incident, said defense attorney Olga Izmaylova of the public defender’s office.

Tate pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet accepted the sentencing recommendation.

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itsanotherday1 03/17/14 - 03:45 pm
The illegal firearm charge

The illegal firearm charge should have tripled his sentence. They need to make guns radioactive for criminal use.

LillyfromtheMills 03/18/14 - 09:35 am
What is it with

"He was working at the time"

corgimom 03/18/14 - 05:47 pm
In RC, you get 10 years for

In RC, you get 10 years for shooting somebody, but only 5 years when an adult molests a 5 year old.

That is so wrong.

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