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Johnson City man pleads guilty in parking lot shooting, gets probation

Becky Campbell, NET News Service • Jan 9, 2013 at 5:55 AM

A Johnson City man convicted of aggravated assault in a 2011 nightclub parking lot shooting was approved for probation in a brief Criminal Court hearing Tuesday.

Moses Ballard, 27, was ordered to serve five years of supervised probation and 10 years of unsupervised probation. He had been jailed since his arrest almost two years ago, but the sentencing paved the way for his release Tuesday.

Ballard was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder in the Feb. 2, 2011, shooting of 39-year-old Michael Gaitor. Ballard’s attorney, Kara Lola, negotiated a plea agreement in October that allowed her client to enter an Alford plea to aggravated assault with an eight-year sentence.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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