Shooting sends man to prison for seven years

ALBANY -- Haikeem Harris, now 20, was sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting another teenager in the back three years ago, a Dougherty County court official said.

Johnathan White, 17 at the time, survived the .38-caliber wound and forgave Harris at a sentencing hearing Tuesday, said District Attorney Greg Edwards.

"The leniency shown to Harris was probably due to White's speaking his forgiveness at the hearing," Edwards said. "This is just another example of senseless gun violence."

During a March 2009 after-school fight between Monroe High School and Southside Middle School students, Harris shot White. The investigation into the shooting found Harris in possession of stolen goods. Harris pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a handgun by a minor, burglary and theft by receiving.

"He (Harris) allegedly got the gun from another teenager," Edwards said. "Guns and their children are issues that have to be addressed by parents. They have to be mindful of what their children are doing."