Caldwell enters guilty plea

Published 11:25 pm Friday, September 29, 2017

Terry Lee Caldwell, 62, entered a negotiated guilty plea to aggravated assault on a peace officer and possession of a firearm last week in Coweta Judicial Circuit Court.

Judge Travis Sakrison sentenced Caldwell to 25 years to serve 12 years in prison, according to the press release.

The charges date back to a case from June 29, 2015, when a neighbor called 911 to report that Caldwell was sitting under his carport drinking, yelling, screaming and shooting a firearm after midnight.

Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen D’Angelo responded to the call. Caldwell yelled at D’Angelo that he didn’t need to be there and lifted a AK-47 from his lap and fired twice in D’Angelo’s direction.

D’Angelo shot back, striking Caldwell in the leg and the torso.

The District Attorney’s Office said in a statement it was grateful for the TCSO and Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s thorough investigations of the incident.

“[We appreciate] the risks taken every day by law enforcement officers like Deputy D’Angelo and commend this deputy’s swift and appropriate action in controlling the situation,” it said.