A Marietta man who opened fire on a pickup truck with a 1-year-old inside has been sentenced to four years behind bars, authorities said Tuesday.
Jayvon Rowha Waller, 28, fired shots at a Chevrolet Silverado during a May 2018 road-rage incident in Woodstock, AJC.com previously reported. He was sentenced to 12 years, with four years to serve and the rest on probation.
Authorities said Waller got mad when the pickup cut in front of him on Ga. 92 near Hames Road. He tailgated the truck in his Volkswagen Jetta, then pulled up next to it, yelled at the driver and fired a Glock 23 pistol through his passenger window and into the side of the pickup, authorities said.
Six bullets hit the truck and one of them grazed the driver’s back, police said. Another broke a rear passenger window and the remaining four ended up lodged in the side of the Chevrolet, Cherokee County prosecutors said.
Inside the truck was a man, a woman and the couple’s 1-year-old.
District Attorney Shannon Wallace said road-rage altercations happen every day.
“Fortunately, most incidents do not involve firearms,” she said. “When Mr. Waller pulled alongside the victim’s truck, took out his firearm and started shooting, he placed many lives in danger. Had those bullets traveled a slightly different path, this case could have easily been a homicide.”
After the shooting, Waller left the scene and drove to the parking lot of the First Baptist Church Woodstock, where he collected the shell casings from inside his car and put them in the trunk, prosecutors said.
Woodstock police arrested Waller that day, jail records show.
He was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of marijuana, prosecutors said.
“Jayvon Waller took out his anger on another motorist, created dangerous conditions for other drivers on a busy highway and shot a weapon into a vehicle with three passengers,” said Deputy Chief Assistant DA Zachary Smith, who prosecuted the case. “After the incident, he did not accept responsibility for his actions and tried to hide evidence.”
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