Man gets 40 years in manslaughter
by Lindsay Field
September 18, 2013 12:34 AM | 913 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Mableton man accused in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend last July pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Thomas Leonardo Schwartz, 47, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, to be followed by 20 years on the assault charge by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary E. Staley.

He was sentenced as a recidivist on the manslaughter charge, which means he will have to serve every day of the first 20 years.

In addition to reducing the charge to voluntary manslaughter, Schwartz’s possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Schwartz admitted to shooting his girlfriend, 45-year-old Janice Oates, in the head July 7, 2012, at a home they shared on Mable Street in Mableton. He was arrested shortly after the killing and has remained in the Cobb County Jail since then without bond.

Oates’ two daughters, as well as her father and other relatives, were in court Monday for the plea and sentencing.
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