Man shot forc­ing way into apart­ment is headed to pri­son

The Telegraph (Macon) - - News - BY BECKY PURSER bpurser@ma­con.com

A Ma­con man who forced his way into his ex-girl­friend’s apart­ment with an as­sault ri­fle and was shot last year is headed to pri­son.

Tommy Lewis Du­mas Jr., 26, pleaded guilty Fri­day to bur­glary and ag­gra­vated as­sault in the 12:30 a.m. in­ci­dent Sept. 30, 2017 at Cherry Tree Hill Apart­ments on Old Clin­ton Road.

He was sen­tenced to seven years in pri­son, with five years on pro­ba­tion upon his re­lease, ac­cord­ing to a Bibb County Sher­iff’s Of­fice news re­lease.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at his ex-girl­friend’s apart­ment af­ter Du­mas kicked in the front door.

Du­mas was shot in the chest by an­other man in an ex­change of gun­fire in a bed­room af­ter he bran­dished an AK-47 as­sault ri­fle at his ex-girl­friend. He then ran out of the apart­ment and had an­other per­son drive him to the hos­pi­tal.

Du­mas re­cov­ered from crit­i­cal in­juries at the Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Nav­i­cent Health. He was jailed af­ter he re­cov­ered.

He had no prior crim­i­nal record, which was a fac­tor in the ne­go­ti­ated plea and sen­tence, ac- cord­ing to the re­lease.

“Mr. Du­mas is lucky he didn’t pay for his poor judg­ment with his life, and that no one else was in­jured,” Bibb County Dis­trict At­tor­ney David Cooke said in the re­lease. “All too of­ten, peo­ple in this com­mu­nity turn to guns when they’re an­gry and peo­ple are killed.

“I hope Mr. Du­mas spends his next seven years be­hind bars learn­ing bet­ter ways to face chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions and makes bet­ter choices af­ter his re­lease.”

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