Macon County man sentenced to 35 years in shootings

A 60-year-old Macon man has been sentenced to serve 35 years in prison without parole in connection with two east Macon shootings, according to the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office.

On Thursday, a Bibb County jury convicted Early Willis Sr. of three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, prosecutor Elizabeth Bobbitt said.

Willis, of Patterson Road, shot at a man on Pearl Drive and near Lucky’s Food Mart on Jeffersonville Road on Sept. 27, 2008.

While on bond for the 2008 shooting, he shot at the man’s parents in April 2009 off Jeffersonville Road, Bobbitt said.

A bullet grazed Jackson’s father, 45-year-old Antonio Smith, on the head, she said.