Man sentenced in double shooting at Cobb County house party

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. —

A judge sentenced a man to 40 years for shooting two people during a house party in Cobb County, District Attorney Vic Reynolds said.

William Dennis Devore, 43, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aggravated assault for the 2013 shooting.

Prosecutors said Devore was at a neighbor’s house party on Milford Church Lane on March 31, 2013, when he shot a .22 caliber handgun at the victims.

The shooting happened after an altercation between the female victim and Devore’s wife, Reynolds said.

He shot a woman, who suffered permanent short-term memory loss, twice in the face. He also shot a man four times -- once in the head, once in the face, and twice in the body, they said.

Devore fled the scene but was arrested hours later in Franklin County, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“Fortunately, this is not a double homicide, which it easily could have been,” Assistant District Attorney Paul Camarillo said. “No amount of prison time will ever make these victims whole again.”

On Tuesday, Cobb Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford sentenced Devore to 40 years, with 20 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation.

Devore had no prior convictions and worked as an aircraft mechanic at Lockheed at the time of the shooting, Reynolds said.

Marietta attorney Chuck Engelberger represented Devore.