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Man who shot at cops off to prison

Tyler Walker Pitts, who fired at deputies here in 2016 and was wounded in an ensuing gun battle, entered guilty pleas in Lamar superior court Monday and given a long prison sentence by Judge Tommy Wilson. The gun battle followed a high speed chase that ended near LCCHS on Sept. 8, 2016. Pitts was hit several times in the hail of bullets that followed his opening fire. He was charged with three counts aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction, aggravated assault, fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Judge Wilson sentenced Pitts to 25 years in prison with an additional 10 years on probation. After Pitts’ plea and several others, jury selection began for the trial of Jamorris Cole who is charged with aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment in one case and sexual battery and simple battery in another. The first attempt to try him ended in a mistrial after he attempted to strike his public defender. Complete coverage to following the 1.30.18 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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