Montgomery man convicted of 2016 attempted murder

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man has been found guilty of ambushing and shooting a man, in retaliation for a previous altercation.

According to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Eric Wendell Scott was convicted of the attempted murder of Jaquan Sanders. On Jan. 30, 2016, Scott called Sanders and asked for a ride. When Sanders arrived on East 3rd Street around midnight to pick him up, Scott and another man were waiting for him.

Shots were fired, and Sanders was hit twice in his back, twice in his arm, and once in his chest. He crashed his vehicle while trying to escape, and he ran to a nearby Waffle House to seek help.

Investigators used Scott's cellphone records to place him at the scene at the time of the shooting, which the investigation showed stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Scott and Sanders.

"Our citizens are tired of these senseless acts of violence, and I hope this conviction sends a message that violent actions have extreme consequences," said District Attorney Daryl Bailey. "As such, we will be seeking the maximum punishment for Scott when he is sentenced by Judge Hobbs next month. I am very pleased that justice was served in this case, and that another violent criminal will be removed from our streets."

Scott will be sentenced Aug. 13; he faces 20 years to life.

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