A Patrick County man charged with attempted murder after he shot at his girlfriend inside their home will be released from jail in about two months and ordered to take anger management classes.
Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said that a woman called police on July 8 and told them that Jason Leigh Williams, 36, of Goblintown Creek Road had shot at her.
“The evidence suggests that the bullet narrowly missed the victim, who was able to flee from the residence and seek help,” Smith said. “Williams allegedly had a cache of weapons and ammunition inside the home and had made threats to fire upon law enforcement when they came to arrest him.”
Tactical teams from Patrick and Henry counties surrounded the house, armed with a search warrant.
“The armored vehicle form the Henry County Sheriff’s office was used as the initial approach vehicle, and commands were given for the suspect to exit the residence,” Smith said.
After several minutes, Williams came out of the front of the house and surrendered to police, a release stated.
Investigators believe a .45 caliber handgun was fired while the woman and Williams were in the home.
Williams was charged with attempted first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony-1st offense, maliciously shoot in an occupied building, assault and battery of a family member, brandishing a firearm, threatening to kill in writing and threatening to bomb or burn.
Williams appeared in Patrick County Circuit Court on April 21 where the murder charge and use of a firearm charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea on the remaining charges.
Williams was sentenced to 20 years, with all but 1 year suspended, and will be eligible for release on July 9.
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