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Kelley guilty on attempted murder charge

Yancey Joel Kelley, 35, of the Black Rock community, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in Crenshaw County District Court on Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from a Nov. 26 incident where Kelley engaged in a shootout with Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Officers were responding to call about a domestic disturbance when Kelley opened fire on deputies with an assault rifle.

Bullets struck one patrol car approximately 18 times, and one deputy suffered minor injuries from shrapnel.

Kelley had originally entered a plea of “not guilty,” but that plea was withdrawn and Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell accepted the plea of “guilty.”

Kelley was sentenced to 16 years, with three years in the state penitentiary as part of a split sentence and three years of supervised probation.  He was also ordered to pay fines and restitution.