Groubert, 34, was fired from the state Highway Patrol and pleaded guilty last year to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning sentenced Groubert to 12 years in prison but suspended the time to five years and then gave him credit for the 17 months that he had already served in jail after pleading guilty.
He will only have to serve his full sentence if he violates probation after his eventual release.
As Groubert sat in his sentencing hearing, he apologized to Jones, asking for forgiveness. “I screwed up,” Groubert told Jones. “I pray that one day you’ll be able to come to peace with this and forgive me.”
“It took eight seconds,” Jones told Judge Manning concerning the shooting at the sentencing, where he asked for Groubert to receive the maximum sentence of 20 years. “I was treated like an animal being put in a cage,” Jones said about the incident.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)