Cofield pleads guilty, will serve 14 years

Published 10:00 am Saturday, June 12, 2021

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A LaGrange man has been sentenced to 30 years to serve 14 in prison for violence he committed against family members on July 9, 2019, according to assistant district attorney Monique Kirby.

On Wednesday in Troup County Superior Court, Alan Marshal Cofield pled guilty to four counts of aggravated assault; one count of aggravated assault, family violence; two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree; two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Kirby. 

Three of the original charges — one count of terroristic threats, one of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony — were dismissed as part of plea negotiations, according to Kirby.

According to the police report from 2019, deputies with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at 4830 Hammett Road on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and met with Cofield, who originally told them no one had been shot or injured at the location.

Deputies noticed bloodstains in the driveway, and dispatch advised that three injured adults from that address were at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center’s emergency department receiving treatment. Given that information, Cofield told deputies an incident involving a gun did occur inside the residence.

Later, the victims told TCSO that Cofield and his wife were involved in a physical altercation. Cofield’s sister-in-law attempted to intervene in the fight, and Cofield grabbed a pistol and pointed it in the direction of his wife’s head, according to the news release from 2019.

Cofield allegedly discharged the pistol, and a bullet grazed his wife’s head.

Cofield’s father also attempted to intervene in the fight, according to the news release. During the intervention, Cofield began to fight his father, which spilled outside onto the driveway. Cofield then allegedly punched and kicked his dad and struck him multiple times with a rifle.

The two female victims and two young children who witnessed the incident were able to get into a car, according to the news release. The father also broke free of Cofield and got into the car. Police say Cofield allegedly tried to bust the windows in the car as they left the scene.

Cofield is at the Troup County Jail, according to jail records.