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Wilkes County man gets 20 years in downtown shooting

A Wilkes County man who pled guilty to a shooting in downtown Athens that left seven people wounded has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

ACC police say the shooting on September 5, 2021 stemmed from a dispute between two street gangs from Washington, Georgia on a crowded night following a UGA football game. In addition to four gang members who were hit, three bystanders with no connection to the gangs were also struck.

Pharaoh Williams admitted his guilt to violating the state’s street gang act, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a felony. Three other Wilkes County residents have also been indicted as co-defendants in the case, although their cases are still pending.

Western Circuit Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott imposed the sentence, which also requires payment of restitution in the case and that Williams have no contact with gang members.