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Man Convicted of Gunshot Murder: GA Prosecutors


A Georgia man has been sentenced to prison in a

A Georgia man has been sentenced to prison in a “love triangle” shooting, officials said.

A man was armed with a machete when he hunted down his ex’s new boyfriend and killed him, Georgia state officials said.

Now the man is in danger of being behind bars in the village fatal shooting in a “love triangle”.according to the Henry County District Attorney’s Office.

James Blake McAllister, 41, was found guilty on several counts, including first degree murder. He was sentenced to “life in prison plus 65 years in prison” on Friday, Nov. 4, prosecutors said in a news release.

Officials did not list McAllister’s attorney information in their release.

The case dates back to July 6, 2019, when Steven “Hawk” Nichols, 32, was getting ready to meet his girlfriend at the Dollar General in Stockbridge, about 20 miles southeast of Atlanta.

At the time, Nichols was in a relationship with a woman McAllister had previously dated. McAllister is accused of waiting outside a Dollar General with a gun before meeting his ex’s new boyfriend.

“McAllister pointed the gun at Nichols as he fled for safety,” officials wrote in their press release. “McAllister also pointed an illegal firearm at a customer sitting in his car before leaving the store to hunt Nichols. McAllister then went to the victim’s home in Stockbridge where he shot him dead.’

McAllister is also accused of pointing a gun at his ex. He barricaded himself in a Clayton County home before being caught and arrested, prosecutors wrote.

“This is a dangerous man who committed violence against three people that day,” District Attorney Darius Patillo wrote in a release. “He also put the safety of law enforcement and the public at risk. The victim’s family is grateful that justice has been served with this sentence.”

After the shotgun was found buried near McAllister’s home, a jury convicted him of “one count of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, as well as one count each of possession of an illegal firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence,” prosecutors said.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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