DAYTON — Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. announced Tuesday that James A. Deaton, 48, of Clayton, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for shooting a firearm at his estranged wife.
On January 5 the victim was at the home she formerly shared with the defendant to collect some of her personal property. Deaton brandished a firearm and held the victim at gunpoint for approximately a half hour before she escaped and fled the residence in her vehicle. He fired two times at her as she was driving away, striking her car in the driver’s side door and the gas tank.
The victim fled to the Englewood Police Department where she reported the incident.
On May 18 a jury found Deaton guilty as charged on all counts and specifications, including: Felonious Assault with a deadly weapon, Discharge of a Firearm On or Near Prohibited Premises, Abduction, Domestic Violence and Having Weapons While Under Disability (from a prior Federal drug conviction).
Tuesday, Deaton was sentenced to a total of 15 years in the penitentiary.
“This defendant fired multiple shots at his estranged wife in their neighborhood,” Heck said. “He could have easily killed her or shot an innocent neighbor. Thankfully no one was struck by his bullets.”
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