An unbudgeted $400,000 may come out of taxpayers’ pockets, officials say.

Quick verdict, life prison sentence for Georgia man in wife’s shooting death

It took authorities two days to find Jerome Mobley after he allegedly shot his ex-wife to death.

It took a jury in Walton County just 18 minutes earlier this month to convict him of murder.

And a judge quickly sentenced him to life in prison plus 75 years without the possibility of parole after the verdict was announced, District Attorney Layla Zon said.

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Evidence presented at the trial showed that Mobley drove to Katie Mobley's house in Social Circle on the morning of April 18.

There was an exchange of gunfire, according to testimony. Jerome Mobley fired twice with a 12-gauge shotgun, with one shot hitting her. His ex-wife fired five times, one shot hitting Jerome Mobley in the leg.

Responders said she was dead at the scene.

He left the scene and was found two days later in a backyard on Hestertown Road. When he realized he would be captured, Mobley shot himself with the shotgun he was still carrying and blew off the front of his face.

He underwent facial reconstruction surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Prosecutors also presented threatening text messages between the Mobleys as well as recorded interviews with their two children, according to Zon.

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