William Dennis Devore III pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated assault after opening fire March 31, 2013, at a neighbor’s house party on Milford Church Road near the intersection of Austell and Windy Hill roads in Marietta.
The shooting took place after an altercation between one of the victims and Devore’s wife escalated, according to Kim Isaza, the spokeswoman for District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
A man and a woman were injured but survived, Isaza said. The female victim had two gunshot wounds to her face, resulting in permanent short-term memory loss. The man was shot once in the face, once in the head and twice in the body.
“Fortunately, this is not a double homicide, which it easily could have been,” said Assistant District Attorney Paul Camarillo. “But no amount of prison time will ever make these victims whole again.”
On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford sentenced Devore to 40 years, with 20 years in custody and the rest on probation.
Devore worked at Lockheed as an aircraft mechanic at the time of the shooting and had no prior convictions, Isaza said.