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Lufkin man gets 9 years in shooting over cellphone

Cornius Kirkland. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Cornius Kirkland. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)

A Lufkin man who shot another man in the leg over a cellphone has accepted a nine-year prison sentence.

Cornius Deunte Kirkland, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in District Judge Barry Bryan's courtroom Wednesday morning.

According to a previous report, police responded to a call reporting a disturbance at 411 West Grove Avenue on July 4. When officers arrived, they found Andre Castle, 23, lying in the driveway of the residence, with a single gunshot wound to the thigh area of his left leg, according to a police report. 

Witnesses told police that the victim had a verbal altercation with Kirkland, who used a handgun to shoot the victim once, the report stated.

One witness told police prior to the shooting, Kirkland was at the residence accusing Castle of stealing a mobile telephone.  The witness stated that Kirkland left after losing a fight with Castle, but returned about 20 minutes later, got out of a car, shot the victim with a handgun and then fled the area.

Authorities ended up tracking down Kirkland in October in Carlton County, Minn.

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