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Judge Imposes 7.5-Year Sentence Against Decatur Man Who Shot Girlfriend’s Car | public safety

DECATUR — A Decatur man who shot at his ex-girlfriend’s car as she cowered looking in her living room has been sentenced to 7½ years in prison.

Bruce A. Pam, 40, reached a plea deal brokered by defense attorney Caleb Brown that saw him admit a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony.

Macon County Circuit Court Judge Rodney Forbes later agreed to dismiss other charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, criminal damage to property and possession of a stolen firearm when Pam appeared before him on March 11.

A Decatur police sworn affidavit about the case said the ex-girlfriend heard a noise outside her house on the night of November 13 and looked at Pam, who was wearing a distinctive peach-colored jumpsuit .

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“(She) saw Bruce walk in front of his vehicle and shoot ‘five to six’ times in his direction with a black handgun,” said the affidavit, which was signed by police officer Ryan Ricker.

The officer said he later examined the woman’s car and found she had bullet holes in the hood and side of the vehicle. Ricker said he picked up five 9mm bullet casings from the driveway where the car was parked.

A search warrant was executed at Pam’s home and a 9mm handgun was seized from her bedroom, along with the peach-colored jumpsuit.

This wasn’t Pam’s first gun offense. In 2005, he was sent to prison for six years after being convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon by a criminal.

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