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Augusta Shooter Gets 25-Year Sentence for Nearly Killing Man When Suspect was 17


On November 19 , 2017, a man was shot five times and left for dead at Big Oak Park off Wheeler Road.

Miraculously, the victim survived the encounter and identified his attacker as 17-year-old Eddie Lee McNair, III.

“On Tuesday, after two days of trial, the District Attorney’s Office secured a conviction to keep this violent criminal away from our citizens,” District Attorney Jared Williams said in a press release. “A Richmond County Jury found McNair GUILTY of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. The defendant has other pending charges, but as a result of this conviction faces 25 years of potential prison time.”

Williams said the trial victory would not be possible without an “incredible team.” The lead prosecutor was Assistant District Attorney Ryne Cox, a member of the District Attorney’s Violent Crimes Unit. He was assisted in trial by his co-counsel, ADA Kyle Davis. DA Investigator Sam Long, Victim Advocate Cristina Kalpa, and Legal Assistant Tracy Ball provided “impeccable support” throughout the case, the district attorney said.

“Our public spaces are for recreation and enjoyment. The District Attorney’s Office works every day to ensure these areas remain safe for our families and loved ones,” Williams said.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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