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Coweta County Man Shoots Restaurant Employee

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to reports out of Coweta County, a man has been arrested after allegedly shooting an employee in a local Newnan bar.

Kevintez Mathews, a 27-year-old man was apprehended and placed in handcuffs after being charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. He shot the employee after he was kicked out of the bar for harassing paying customers. Right now, the employee is recovering from his injuries in a local area hospital.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of aggravated assault in today's post. Below, you will find the law in Georgia as well as the legal consequences if convicted of the crime of aggravated assault.

Aggravated Assault in Georgia

Georgia Law defines aggravated assault in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §16-5-21 as:

A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults:

  • With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;
  • With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury;
  • With any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in strangulation; or
  • Without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons.

In order to be convicted of aggravated assault in the state of Georgia, the State must demonstrate that the suspect is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. With regards to assault, there must be a demonstration of violence coupled with an apparent present ability to inflict an injury that causes a person to fear that they will receive an immediate violent injury.

Aggravated assault is classified as a felony offense in the state of Georgia. The penalty for an aggravated assault conviction is a prison term between one to twenty years.

Practice Note

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is classified as a serious violent felony. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a violent crime in the state of Georgia, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney now.

We can help you with your case and determine which Georgia Criminal Defenses may apply to your case. Just because a person has been accused of committing a crime does not mean he or she if guilty of committing a criminal offense. Call now.

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