BROOKSVILLE - Algernard James, the man who shot an 18-year-old in the arm in August, will be going to prison for 15 years.
In a plea deal reached with the State Attorney's Office, James, 22, was adjudicated guilty on June 6 of aggravated battery with a deadly firearm.
James will have a credit for nine months and 18 days time served.
Court documents show that James shot Hkeem Lavar Hart in the left arm after an altercation in the area of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and School Street in Brooksville.
Hart, who feared retaliation and was initially reluctant to speak with law enforcement, said that after James shot him in the arm, James then pointed his chrome-colored gun at his head and squeezed the trigger. The gun didn't fire, according to Hart.
Working off of a tip, a detective and K-9 unit apprehended James shortly after midnight on Thackeray Street in Nobleton. James was found with a Davis Industries .380 caliber handgun concealed on his person, with four rounds loaded.
James did not have a concealed weapons permit, according to the report.
James later told Det. Cole Brinson the silver gun was the same weapon used to shoot Hart, and that he purchased the weapon off of the street for $50.
In 2008, James was convicted as a juvenile for possession of burglary tools and sentenced to two years of probation.
Jail booking records indicate James was arrested in January 2011 on charges of probation violation and failure to appear; in September 2011 on charges of battery; in October 2011 on charges of disturbing the peace and battery and; on Aug. 16, 2012, on charges of attempted homicide, concealing a weapon and two counts of carrying a weapon.