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Man gets 16-year sentence in shooting case, half behind bars
Antonio Avila
Antonio Avila

A Gainesville man will serve eight years behind bars for a shooting case for shooting another man at a Gainesville apartment.

Antonio Avila entered a guilty plea on aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and interference with a 911 call. The total sentence is 16 years, with the first eight years served in confinement. 

Assistant District Attorney Harold Buckler said the first count of the indictment, aggravated battery, was going to be nolle prossed, or dismissed, because the injuries were less serious than previously charged. The wording of the count was “seriously disfiguring his body by striking him repeatedly in the head causing lacerations.”

Gainesville Police said Avila went to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment around 7:30 a.m. June 11, 2017, at the Lenox Park Apartments.

Buckler said the defendant was “pounding on the door, asking to be let in,” with the ex-girlfriend and Benjamin Perez inside.

When Avila was let in, a fight broke out before Avila “shot (the man) in the torso,” according to police.

The ex-girlfriend attempted to call 911, but Avila took the phone away, Buckler said.

Perez did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital shortly.

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