Judge John Simpson set the date for September, Gates pleads guilty

Last updated: August 21. 2014 10:43AM - 1222 Views
By - mruberti@civitasmedia.com



Roderick Quodon Gates pleads guilty in Troup County Superior Court on Wednesday to assaulting his girlfriend in front of their three children.
Roderick Quodon Gates pleads guilty in Troup County Superior Court on Wednesday to assaulting his girlfriend in front of their three children.
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A date has been set for a man accused of shooting three people in a home invasion while a man in another case pleaded guilty to choking and cutting his girlfriend.


Troup County Superior Court Judge John Simpson on Wednesday set Sept. 2 as the court date in the state’s case against Victor Wayne Weatherspoon during a criminal, non-jury hearing. Weatherspoon is accused of shooting three people in a home off Clearwater Drive back on March 15.


According to the District Attorney’s Office, there also were young children inside the home during the shooting, but none of them were hurt. The three adults were taken to various hospitals, treated and released.


Weatherspoon is facing one count of burglary, five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and four counts of aggravated assault.


In another case before Simpson Wednesday, 24-year-old Roderick Quodon Gates pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend with a knife and choking her on Dec. 28, 2013. According to the District Attorney’s office, Gates choked the victim in front of three children, ages 1, 3 and 4. He also cut the woman in the face with a knife while wrestling it away from her.


Gates was charged with obstruction, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of simple battery and three counts of cruelty to children.


Gates was given an eight-year sentence, with five years’ probation and is to serve 12 months in the Troup County Jail and be eligible for work release. He was also told to take anger management classes.


The District Attorney’s Office said this was a lower sentence than they wanted to give, but it was based on the recommendations from the victim.

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