Man admits to shooting family member, gets 7 years in prison

A Columbus man accused of shooting a family member in the torso pleaded guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by eight on probation.

Michael Smith, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault before Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. According to Assistant District Attorney Sadhana Dailey, Smith and a family member who lived nearby had an argument the night of Oct. 24. The next morning, the argument continued.

“During that argument, the defendant took out a gun and shot the victim,” Dailey said.

Defense attorney Moffett Flournoy told Jordan that self defense would have been an issue had the case gone to trial. However, his client chose to plead guilty, he said.