Crime

Man sentenced to 8 years for shooting wife

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for the 2008 shooting and serious injury of his wife, a Houston County prosecutor said.

Superior Court Judge Katherine K. Lumsden also sentenced Randolph Green, 50, to 17 years on probation after prison, with the first six months to include house arrest and electric monitoring, said Senior Assistant District Attorney K. David Cooke.

Several people testified at the sentencing hearing, including the victim, Donna Denise Green, 39, who told the judge she didn’t want her husband to go to prison, Cooke said.

Carl A. Veline Jr., a Warner Robins attorney who represented Green, noted that Green’s ex-wife, Deborah McCarthy, testified there had been no violence in their marriage and that his current wife testified that the shooting was an isolated incident.

“In my career, I’ve never seen a more tragic set of circumstances,” Veline said. “This is something totally out of character for him.”

However, the victim’s brother, Jacob Neal of Grovetown, told the court that Donna Green was terrified of her husband while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery from a single gunshot to the arm and abdomen and for weeks afterward, Cooke said.

Neal testified that Donna Green feared Randolph Green would attempt to “finish the job,” Cooke said.

Numerous relatives testified on the behalf of Randolph Green, saying he isn’t a violent person, that the gun must have gun off accidentally or that the shooting was a mistake, Cooke said.

However, Veline said the testimony mostly centered on Green’s character. He was a family man who raised and sent several children to college, Veline said.

Green previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He has a 1989 felony conviction for selling cocaine, Cooke 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 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 ran for the house, shutting and locking the door behind her, Cooke said. Randolph Green drove off in her 2005 GMC Envoy, which he set on fire, the prosecutor said.

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

“She’s lucky to be alive,” Cooke previously 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 statistics show that women are most at risk in domestic violence at the point they attempt to leave their abusive spouse or boyfriend.

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

Veline said that Green himself cannot tell you how the gun went off but that it discharged accidentally.

“He had no recollection of pulling the trigger,” Veline said.

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

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