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Former Trinity store owner sentenced 10 years probation after shooting man in groin area

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -  A well-known Trinity business owner made his appearance in court today.  Kulwant Gill was sentenced today after a 2011 incident that involved shooting a man in a unique area.

After three days of debating, a jury in the Trinity County Courthouse agreed upon a verdict for a man involved in the bizarre shooting. 

"There were some originally for jail time," said Bennie Schiro, District Attorney. 

"I'm a little bit disappointed that before he got probation he had to be convicted," said Bashist Sharma, the Defense Attorney. 

Kulwant Gill was convicted for aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a man several times near his crotch. Gill, who was the former owner of a Trinity store, had on-going altercations with the victim. The third escalated quickly. 

"They had a little bit of a history, the two," said Schiro. 

"There were certain circumstances. Again it might go back to that self defense," said Schiro when asked how Gill could get community supervision over jail-time. 

Gill's defense attorney argued that Gill shot the victim in self defense after going to his girlfriend's home April 9th arund 10:00 p.m. Witnesses begged to differ.  Gill and the victim were involved in a love rectangle giving him motive for what seemed to be a crime of passion. 

"Witnesses' stories differed," Schiro said. 

On the third day of the trial, the jury spared Gill, who was facing ten to twenty years in TDCJ.

"He's done a lot of things for the community. He's a parent. He supported football in Trinity, and I didn't know that," said Sharma. 

Gill is well-known in the community. His attorney says many went to bat for him. 

"The mayor, the ex police chief, a judge, and a lot of outstanding citizens wrote letters," Sharma said. 

All Gill had to say was that he was happy with the end results because he didn't want to be away from his son. Along with his ten year community supervision, Gill is ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

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