One of the victims, Shawn Mobelini, was in the courtroom Thursday morning as 27-year-old Garfield Herald, of Busy, was sentenced for his part in the shooting that left Mobelini with ongoing complications and another man, Albert Jent, forced to live in an assisted living facility.
Herald pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder in August in exchange for Thursday’s sentence of 15 years to serve. He faced a maximum of 40 years had he gone to trial and been found guilty.
Thursday’s agreement was the third announced in court this year, but the first accepted by Circuit Judge Bill Engle. Two previous deals announced earlier this year called for either less time or for an earlier opportunity for parole with an amended charge, both of which were rejected and openly opposed by Mobelini and Justin Jent, Albert Jent’s son.
Thursday’s sentence calls for Herald to serve a maximum of 15 years in prison, and he won’t be eligible for parole until at least 85 percent of his sentence is served.
A second defendant in the case, Johnny Macintosh, 40, of Hazard, has not reached an agreement to plead guilty in the case, and is currently set for trial on October 31.