Man pleads guilty in wife’s shooting

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault in the shooting and serious injury of his wife last year, a Houston County prosecutor said.

Randolph Green, 50, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Houston County Superior Court, averting jury selection for his expected trial, said Senior Assistant District Attorney K. David Cooke.

Judge Katherine K. Lumsden is expected to sentence Green on Friday, the prosecutor said.

Green originally was charged with aggravated assault with attempt to murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal attempt to commit kidnapping, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Cooke said.

Green shot his wife once in the arm and abdomen during an argument Jan. 20, 2008, outside their Warner Robins home, Cooke said.

The sound of the shot was captured on a 911 recording with the 911 operator and the wife’s daughter, who was 14 at the time, the prosecutor said. Two young children, ages 4 and 6, also were inside the home, he said.

As Green’s gun jammed, his wife, Donna Denise Green, then 38, ran for the house, shutting and locking the door behind her, Cooke said. The husband drove off in her 2005 GMC Envoy, which he set on fire, the prosecutor said.

His wife was transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where she underwent surgery, Cooke said.

“She’s lucky to be alive,” Cooke said. “If that gun had not jammed, she would be dead right now. They barely saved her life in surgery.”

The Greens were in the process of separating at the time of the shooting, but remain married, he said.

Cooke, chief of the special victims unit for the DA’s Office, said the shooting is the classic, “If I can’t have you, no one else will.”

The husband’s defense was that the gun went off accidentally when he showed it to his wife to scare her, Cooke said.

Also, the husband claimed the sport utility vehicle accidentally caught on fire after a cigarette he had ignited gasoline that had been accidentally spilled in the vehicle, Cooke said.

Green faces up to 25 years in prison for the aggravated assault and five years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Cooke said.

“We’re hoping that the sentence will reflect the seriousness of the crime,” the prosecutor said.

Carl A. Veline Jr., a Warner Robins attorney who represented Green, could not immediately be reached for comment.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.