A Georgia man who shot and killed his girlfriend’s girlfriend at a Georgia gasolina, a popular barbecue restaurant, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday.
A judge also ordered James Michael Jones to be placed on electronic monitoring, where he will be monitored for 18 months.
Jones’ attorney said in court Friday that his client had been struggling with substance abuse issues for a few years.
Jones was arrested on Friday in a motel parking lot after authorities said he allegedly shot and injured his girlfriend, 24-year-old Rebecca Allen.
Police said she died from her wounds.
Jones had denied shooting his girlfriend and was facing charges in the death of his mother.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
Prosecutors said Jones, 24, admitted to shooting Allen when she tried to pull out her handgun.
The two were drinking in a parking lot outside the restaurant and had been arguing over who should pay for their trip to the gasolina.
When Jones pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Allen, he allegedly fired four shots into her head.
The woman died at the scene.
The shooting occurred at a time when the Georgia legislature is considering legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns in restaurants and other public places.
In 2013, the state House and Senate passed a bill that would have allowed restaurants to open with guns.
Jones and Allen had been in a relationship for several months and had planned to visit a nearby gasolina that had a large outdoor barbecue area.
But Jones and his mother were reportedly not comfortable with the idea, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said Jones told deputies Allen had a concealed weapon permit and asked them not to tell anyone that she had one.
The police report said the pair argued about the permit, and Jones then fired four times into Allen’s head.
She died at a hospital.
Prosecutors say Jones shot Allen after she allegedly pushed him out of a moving car, but he denied the allegation.