Warner Robins man sentenced to 25 years, also banished from Houston County
A Warner Robins man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and is banished from Houston and surrounding counties.
37-year-old Antonio Donez Woodard was convicted by a Houston County jury of one count each of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.
Judge Edward D. Lukemire sentenced Woodard to 25 years and ordered him to serve the first 18 years in prison. According to a news release, upon his release from prison, Woodard will have to pay a $1,000.00 fine, will be banned from possessing firearms and will be banished from Houston County and all contiguous counties.
Woodard will not be eligible for parole because he is a convicted felon.
A news release reveals that during the early morning hours of January 7, 2012, near the American Legion on Moody Road, Johnathan Haslem attempted to break up a fight outside of a car that Woodard was driving. When Haslem leaned over to speak to Woodard, Woodard shot him in the head with a handgun.
Detective Carder Gravitt and members of the Warner Robins Police Department investigated the incident, and soon identified Woodard as the shooter. Woodard was subsequently arrested and charged with the above crimes.
COMMENT FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE HARTWIG: “We are pleased with the outcome of this case. The Warner Robins Police Department did an excellent job investigating this incident and putting together a good case. This sentence should cause all would-be violent offenders to think twice before committing gun crimes in Houston County," said District Attorney George Hartwig.