Warner Robins man sentenced to 18 years in shooting near American Legion

bpurser@macon.comFebruary 28, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Warner Robins man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the 2012 shooting of another man near the American Legion on Moody Road.

Superior Court Judge Edward D. Lukemire sentenced Antonio Donez Woodard, 37, on Feb. 14 after a jury convicted him of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime, a Houston County District Attorney’s Office news release stated.

Woodard’s sentence includes seven years on probation upon release, banishment from Houston and its contiguous counties, a $1,000 fine and a prohibition against possessing firearms.

Jonathan Haslem of Warner Robins was shot in the head at 2 a.m. Jan. 7, 2012, and released from the hospital later that afternoon, police said. The gunshot wound was superficial, having traveled into the skin and exiting at the top of the head.

Haslem had attempted to break up a fight outside of a car that Woodard was driving, the release stated. Woodard shot him when Haslem leaned over the car to talk to Woodard.

Woodard is not eligible for parole as a convicted felon, the release stated. He was convicted in 2009 in Houston County of the sale and distribution of marijuana and of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the district’s attorney’s office website. He was sentenced to 10 years to serve 180 to 270 days -- about six to nine months -- in a probation detention center. His probation was revoked Nov. 15, 2012, with credit for time served since his arrest Jan. 7, 2012, on the assault and possession charges.

“He came within inches of committing a murder,” Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Dan Bibler, who prosecuted the case, stated in the release. “Felons who possess and use firearms in a reckless manner to endanger life will be punished severely.”

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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