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Man pleads guilty in Halloween shooting
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One of two men charged with aggravated assault in the Halloween 2013 shooting of a Dawsonville man pleaded guilty to the charges last week.

Paul Henry Truelove, 59, of Dawson County received a 15-year sentence with the first 18 months to be served in jail and the remainder on probation, according to court records.

He entered the negotiated plea on April 13 for his part in the Oct. 31, 2013 shooting off Kelly Bridge Road in southwestern Dawson County.

James Cletus Nichols, 61, of Dawsonville was also charged in the case.

Dawson County Sheriff's Maj. Ray Goodie said the two men fired shots at another man at Nichols' mobile home on Cletus Nichols Road.

"It started out as a verbal altercation that resulted in a shooting incident where the victim sustained minor injuries," Goodie said.

The name of the man who was shot has not been released.

Truelove and Nichols were each charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, tampering with evidence and false statements.

Truelove was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, though the state did not prosecute him on the charge.

According to court records, with his guilty plea, Truelove waived his 4th Amendment rights and must submit to drug and alcohol screenings.

He must also provide a DNA specimen to the state, and is obligated to truthfully testify in the case against Nichols, whose jury trial started on Monday.

Additionally, he is barred from the Northeastern Judicial Circuit and must pay $763 in restitution to the victim of the shooting.

 

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