Macon man sentenced for assault on ex-girlfriend

A Macon man who kicked in his ex-girlfriend’s door in September 2017 and brandished an assault rifle pleaded guilty Friday to burglary and aggravated assault.

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MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – A Macon man who kicked in his ex-girlfriend’s door in September 2017 and brandished an assault rifle pleaded guilty Friday to burglary and aggravated assault.

Tommy Lewis Dumas Jr., 26, was sentenced to 12 years – with the first seven in prison – as part of a plea agreement.

The assault happened on September 30, 2017 at Cherry Tree Hill Apartments on Old Clinton Road in east Macon.

According to prosecutor Sandra Matson, Dumas and his girlfriend had ended their relationship, but Dumas knocked on the ex-girlfriend’s apartment door. When no one answered, he left and then returned. Matson says Dumas knocked once and then kicked in the door. He passed his ex-girlfriend’s friend and headed toward a bedroom in the apartment.

In the bedroom, he brandished an AK-47 assault rifle at his ex-girlfriend. A man in the room exchanged gunfire with Dumas. Dumas fled after being shot in the chest.

Dumas’ lack of a prior felony criminal record was considered when prosecutors drafted a plea offer.

Speaking after the hearing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Mr. Dumas is lucky he didn’t pay for his poor judgement with his life, and that no one else was injured. All too often, people in this community turn to guns when they’re angry and people are killed. I hope Mr. Dumas spends his next seven years behind bars learning better ways to face challenging situations and makes better choices after his release.”

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