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Mays given probation in shooting case

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By Susan Sharp

 Just over a month ago, a jury said Bobby Mays was not guilty of attempted murder. It did however agree Mays had committed reckless endangerment in August 2008. That is when he shot Jody Currier in the face at the Rooster Scratch Tavern. On Monday, Mays appeared in criminal court for sentencing on his conviction. Just before noon, Assistant District Attorney General Leif Jeffers told the court that he and Mays’ attorney had reached an agreement in the case. Jeffers told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton that Elizabeth Asbury and he had agreed that Mays would spend 11 months and 29 days on probation for the misdemeanor conviction. Mays had also agreed not to have any further contact with Currier. In addition to that, Mays acquiesced to paying Currier $10,000 in restitution for the incident, Jeffers said. Sexton asked Asbury how her client would be handling payment of the restitution. In monthly payments of $1,000, she said.  Sexton told Asbury court costs along with the cost of the trial would need to be part of that payment bringing the monthly fee to $1,200.  Jeffers then noted to the court that neither Currier nor his family had been in contact with his office since the trial. In September, Mays faced a jury never denying he had shot Currier. He simply contended it was self-defense, not attempted murder. Currier had been involved in a fight with a third party prior to the shooting it was revealed during the trial.  Asbury had argued that when Mays fired at Currier it was in defense of that person and himself. On the stand, Mays said his shot was meant for Currier’s hand, which held a large stick. He also admitted he had been drinking that night. Currier currently has a civil suit pending against Mays.  To comment on this story and others visit www.lafollettepress.com