Two of three men who shot, stabbed or threatened others in unrelated attacks headed for prison Friday, while the third received probation and an order to pay his victim's medical bills.
After nearly three years of hiding from sheriff officers, Norris Michael Williams, 25, turned himself in this year in the shooting of William Allen in the back Oct. 23, 1995.
Mr. Allen, who was 20 years old when he was shot, is disabled and his family has at least $18,000 in outstanding doctors bills as well as a $250 per month charge for medication. The family also had a $18,900 hospital bill.
On Friday, Mr. Williams pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault and received a seven-year prison sentence followed by five years of probation.
Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet ordered Mr. Williams to pay all of Mr. Allen's medical expenses not covered by insurance.
In a second aggravated assault case, Barry Wayne Pinion, 39, admitted to stabbing his sister's boyfriend in the back and side on Sept. 29.
The victim, Paul Richardson, told the judge his main concern was paying medical bills -- more than $18,000 due to the hospital alone.
Judge Overstreet sentenced Mr. Pinion to 10 years of probation, fined him $1,500 and ordered him to pay restitution for Mr. Richardson's medical expenses.
In a third aggravated assault case Friday, Perry John Patalano, 36, pleaded guilty to that charge and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime for threatening Thomas Crass with a knife on March 14.
Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. sentenced Mr. Patalano to serve five years in prison followed by five years of probation. He must also pay a $1,500 fine as part of his sentence.