Sentencing for Bowdon Man Who Shot Girlfriend

Bowdon Ga -- A Bowdon man who shot his girlfriend in the face last October receives a 25 year jail sentence (with 20 to serve) after a judge rules on a non-negotiated plea last week.

Andrew Michael Weaver has been behind bars in the Carroll County Jail since his arrest for aggravated battery and aggravated assault on October 30th, 2016.

At the time of his arrest, he had told police the shooting was accidental.

Ashley Hulsey was the lead investigator for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in this case.

"Andrew was very cooperative throughout this investigation and he never denied pulling the trigger. I think anger got the best of him in this situation and he made a bad decision. It's not an accident when you point a gun at somebody and pull the trigger."

The victim, 23 year old Taylor Harper, was shot on the right side of her face. She suffered broken facial bones and has been left blind. The pellets that entered her brain have resulted in short-term memory loss and severe headaches.

Hulsey said, " If you ever feel like you are in a situation or you know someone that is in an abusive situation, please don't hesitate to call us at the sheriff's office or your local law enforcement. We will do whatever we can to facilitate help for you or your friends or family because this could stop something like this from happening again."

Relatives have said that Weaver and Harper were in a relationship for at least nine years before the shooting.