Macon man gets 15 years in shooting over cigarette

A 20-year-old Macon man who shot another man repeatedly after the man refused to hand over a cigarette was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.

Joshua Huff pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The hearing was held in Bibb County Superior Court.

Huff shot Curtis Jones, of Hurley Circle, four times on Aug. 24, 2008, prosecutor Elizabeth Bobbitt said.

Jones, then 42, had stopped at a friend’s home on Vinson Avenue while he was on the way to pick up a paycheck about 1 p.m., Bobbitt said.

But when he got out of his vehicle, he saw a group of young men. One of the men asked Jones to give him a cigarette.

Jones refused. The man asked again and Jones refused. After that, Huff shot Jones twice in the stomach, once in the arm and once in the thigh.

“He was basically touch and go for a period of time,” Bobbitt said. “He has continued to have health problems from the shooting.”

Rick Waller, Huff’s attorney, said Huff was under the influence of drugs at the time of the shooting.

“He is very remorseful for what he did that day,” Waller said. “He knows that he has to sacrifice a portion of his life.”

Huff, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, apologized moments before his sentence was announced. “I’m sorry for what I did,” he said.

Huff was sentenced under a joint recommendation from Bobbitt and Waller setting the cap for prison time at 20 years. He must also serve 15 years on probation.

Jones’ shooting was part of a spree of summer shootings that reached its apex Aug. 24, 2008, when six shootings were reported to Macon police in a single day. From late August to early September 2008, at least a dozen shootings were reported. Three were fatal.

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

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.