Amarillo man found guilty in two aggravated assault cases

Amarillo man found guilty in two aggravated assault cases

Amarillo, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo man will spend decades in prison after shooting his live-in girlfriend and her child.

Rondell Jones pleaded guilty this morning to shooting his girlfriend inside her home, but he believed he was not guilty of shooting her son.

47th District Attorney Randall Sims says Jones' intent did not make a difference.

The incident happened back in March. Jones was asleep in a home near the 2700 block of Magnolia when his girlfriend woke him up and demanded he move out.

He grabbed a gun and fired multiple rounds, shooting 41-year-old Alisha Gooden twice -- once in the shoulder and in the leg. One of the bullets struck her 6-year-old boy in the leg.

Jones pleaded guilty to shooting Gooden, but not to shooting the boy.

"He did not feel like he was intending to shoot him, he was trying to shoot her and so he felt like he was not guilty," said Sims "Transferred Intent states that if you're intending to shoot one person, miss and hit another, you're as guilty as if you hit the person you were intending to shoot."

Jones is sentenced to 80 years for each case for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He will be eligible for parole when half his sentence, 40 years, is served.

Both victims were treated for minor injuries. Sims says they've also received medical funding from the state.

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