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Jury finds Britton guilty in assault case

A jury has found a Woodbine man guilty of three felonies for shooting a woman in November 2016. He has been sentenced to 17 years in prison followed by eight years of probation.

Ronnie Allen Britton, 52, was convicted of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Oct. 19 after a jury heard evidence for three days before returning a guilty verdict. Britton shot a woman in the chest and stomach at his house in 2016. She survived the injuries.

Superior Court judge Bert Guy sentenced Britton to 25 years with the first 17 to be served in prison and the last eight years on probation. Assistant district attorneys Robert German and Michele McPhatter prosecuted the case. Sheriff’s office employees Mike Walker, Erica Rafferty and James Galloway investigated the shooting.

Britton has been held in the Camden jail without bond since November 2016 when he was arrested for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal attempt to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The grand jury later indicted him on criminal attempt to commit murder, four counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

At about 11 p.m. Nov. 27, a Camden deputy responded to a 911 hang up from a Woodbine residence. He knocked on the front door twice, identified himself and heard a woman whispering to someone to let him in.

“Her voice sounded like she was under some kind of distress,” deputy R.J. Tanner wrote in his report. “I knocked again and that is when I heard a male voice say, ‘Go away, you’re not needed here.’ I also heard the female pleading for him to let me in.”

Tanner called for backup and four deputies responded. Another deputy knocked on the door several times before the woman responded and said the man had shot her.

“Due to the statement made by the victim, we were set to make entry into the location due to the possible life threatening injuries to the victim,” according to the incident report.

As they prepared to enter the house, Britton came to the French doors near the front door, holding his hands up and he was taken into custody.

In the house, deputies found the victim lying on the couch. She said Britton had been irate and had allegedly shot her in the abdomen when she was on the couch. A deputy found a bullet lodged in the wooded frame of the couch. Another bullet was found under the bathroom sink and a shell casing under a bed, leading deputies to deduce that the shot had been fired from the bedroom and the bullet went through the wall into the bathroom.

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