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Man gets 10 years in shooting

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Mike DuPre'
June 26, 2008
— Alonzo K-Pone Potts was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for the shooting of Holice J. Wiggins in April 2007 in Janesville.

Potts originally was charged with attempted murder, but in March, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree reckless injury.


Judge James Daley sentenced Potts, 35, formerly of 1608 N. Randall Ave., No. 19, Janesville, to 10 years in prison and 10 years extended supervision.


Potts is not eligible for prison programs that could shorten his sentence.


Potts and Wiggins had been friends, but a night of drinking in downtown Janesville in April 2007 led to an argument. Potts shot Wiggins five times with a pistol at close range.


Wiggins, 27, was hospitalized for many days.


The shooting happened in the 100 block of Linn Street in Janesville at the home of Potts’ mother and sister.


Potts began arguing with the father of his sister’s child, and Wiggins came to the home and tried to calm Potts.


Potts already had the gun and had fired at least one shot, according to the criminal complaint against Potts.


At one point, Wiggins said: “What are you going to do, shoot me?”



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