ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting towards his girlfriend's former boyfriend.
Tarcellus Mitchell, 28, appeared for a pre-sentencing investigation hearing on Monday in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court.
The hearing was for the shooting that happened in March of 2016 where officers were called to the 400 block of Jack Street for a report of two men firing at each other. When they arrived on the scene, a witness reported seeing the victim pull up in a brown Tahoe and yell at him to "go get Mitchell." The witness said he ignored the victim, whom he did not know, because he didn't know anyone by that name.
Mitchell told the court he felt the victim was harassing his girlfriend, as a result he decided to take action instead of calling police.
"I think the judge assessed the proper punishment for this offense and I think justice was served," said Amy Greenbaum, a prosecutor with Angelina County's District Attorney Office..
In 2016, a witness said the victim left and headed toward Winston Park, at which point the witness saw the man later identified as Mitchell walk out of a house, into the middle of the street and take "careful aim" at the victim's vehicle. The witness said Mitchell then fired a single shot at the vehicle toward Winston Park.
The victim, who previously dated Mitchell's girlfriend and remained friends with her mother, told officers that before the shooting, he saw Mitchell earlier in the day while visiting his former girlfriend's mother on Cain Street. He said no ill words were exchanged, so he thought everything was OK. After leaving her home, he said, he began getting taunting phone calls from Mitchell, cussing him out. He said Mitchell told him to come meet him, so that's what he was doing when Mitchell shot at him.
In addition to prison time, the judge may also consider shock probation.