A 34-year-old Faulkner County man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting another man in the face last year.
Albert “Bo” Woods Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree battery, theft by receiving and possession of firearms by certain persons shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Luke Ferguson, 20th Judicial District prosecuting attorney, said that while this sentence does not take away from the violent acts that took place on March 17, 2017, he hopes it will deter Woods from carrying out similar acts once he’s released from prison.
“I am pleased that the defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison for this violent offense,” Ferguson said. “We may never understand every detail of why this event happened, but it is evident that he shot the victim without justification. And, the defendant was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm in the first place due to his prior felony convictions.
“Sadly, the defendant’s prior convictions and his lack of firearm rights did not prevent him from committing another felony and using a gun to do it. I hope the sentence in this case will prevent another occurrence like this one.”
Woods stood alongside his attorney, Stephen Ralph, and signed a no contact order, which bars him from communicating in any way with the victim, before pleading guilty Tuesday.
“I understand you’re here … to change your plea from not guilty to guilty,” Circuit Judge Charles “Ed” Clawson Jr. said, noting Woods’ plea would cancel out a two-day jury trial that was set to begin Wednesday.
Woods sat calmly as Ralph recounted the events that took place on the night in question leading up to his charges.
Ralph asked Woods to confirm that he had been out drinking with the victim on March 17, 2017, noting the victim had a gun with him. Woods confirmed the statement was true.
“During the process of that drinking, you got into a dispute [with the victim],” Ralph said as he also questioned Woods about taking the victim’s firearm away and firing toward the victim.
“Yes sir,” Woods said in confirmation as to the validity of the facts against him.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office arrested Woods after learning Woods was responsible for the March shooting in Guy and that he left the victim, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the face, at the Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
The sheriff’s office was first called to Pinnacle Springs Road about a Hyundai Sate Fe that was left in the middle of the road.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice said the windshield was broken and there was blood in the car and on the side of the car when authorities arrived on scene.
Investigators also learned the vehicle was reported stolen out of Pulaski County.
A manhunt immediately ensued after investigators found a trail of blood leading off into the nearby woods and witnesses reported seeing a man get out of the vehicle and flee into the woods.
Woods was found the next day, and has been held at the Faulkner County Detention Center since. He will receive 339 days of credit toward his 10-year sentence at the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Ferguson said he wanted to thank the sheriff’s office and prosecutors involved in the case.
“The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Prosecutor Jordan Crews worked hard on this case and ensured justice was carried out,” he said. “I thank them for their effort.”