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Ex-boyfriend granted probation in reduced charge of aggravated assault



AUGUSTA, Ga. – An Augusta man jailed for over a year awaiting trial in connection with a family violence incident was sentenced to probation Wednesday. He was accused of shooting repeatedly at an ex-girlfriend.

Jermaine M. Jones, 24, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the reduced charge of aggravated assault in exchange for a recommended five-year probation term. Judge Jesse Stone accepted the negotiated sentenced and granted Jones First Offender status.

The shooting took place Oct. 18, 2019, at the victim’s apartment, not long after she had  called the sheriff’s office for assistance in getting Jones to leave her home. The victim reported she was able to escape injury by fleeing to a bathroom.

Jones has a separate family violence charge pending in Richmond County State Court. He is accused of punching and kicking the same woman Aug. 22, 2019.