Wilson man convicted in May 2018 shooting

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A man who prosecutors say shot another man in the leg after a fight ensued at convenience store will spend several months in prison.

This week, 32-year-old Julius C. Foreman pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of an assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury stemming from a May 2018 incident.

Foreman was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder in the case. Foreman also pleaded guilty this week to misdemeanor fleeing or eluding arrest in a separate incident in March 2018 where officials say he fled a traffic stop after a deputy pulled him over and smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

Foreman was sentenced to 29 to 47 months suspended with a 10-month split active sentence. After he serves that time, he will be placed on supervised probation and house arrest. Other requirements include community service.

On May 22, 2018, Wilson police were dispatched to a shots fired call at Yeman Food Mart at 803 U.S. 301 N. Prosecutors say Foreman and the victim, 31-year-old Antonio A. Harris, saw each other inside the store and shook hands. But something went wrong and an altercation ensued, officials said.

Wilson County Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Arch told the court that Foreman went outside to his car and retrieved a gun. She said when he went back inside, the fight resumed and Foreman shot Harris in the leg. She told the court there was no evidence that Harris was armed.

Foreman’s defense attorney, Ed Brown of Sallenger & Brown, told the court Foreman was knocked to the ground and the gun accidentally went off.