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Fatal shooting results in a 15-year sentence

A 23-year-old Macon man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and 10 years on probation in connection with a fatal July shooting.

Steven Eugene Smith, of Grant Avenue, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Monday afternoon in Bibb County Superior Court.

“He is remorseful,” said Smith’s attorney, Cheryl Milton.

Smith fatally shot 30-year-old Michael McCloud, of Rocky Creek Road, at about 2 a.m. July 14, 2008, said Nancy Scott Malcor, assistant Bibb County District Attorney.

Authorities say McCloud suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the stomach and abdomen. He died during surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found McCloud lying in a puddle of blood in the 300 block of Grier Street, according to a Macon police report.

Officers recovered two small bags of suspected marijuana and three suspected pieces of crack cocaine when they rolled McCloud over to check his injuries, the report stated.

They also found two fired shell casings and two unfired rounds next to McCloud, the report stated.

Witnesses told police McCloud was known to sell drugs and carry cash, Malcor said.

She said the witnesses also told officers McCloud had gotten into an argument and that a man later approached him, demanded cash and shot him.

While on probation, Smith also must perform 200 hours of community service.

Smith was previously convicted of grand theft auto and grand theft of a firearm in Florida in 2004, according to Bibb County Superior Court records.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

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