Man sentenced nearly 10 years in prison for youth football coach shooting

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A Wilmington man was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison following a guilty plea in New Hanover County Superior Court for shooting a youth football coach last year.

Roy Augusta Smith, 34, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, discharging a weapon into occupied property resulting in serious bodily injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon, according to a notice from District Attorney Ben David.

The offense occurred on Oct. 30, 2015 at the Martin Luther King Center on South Eighth Street in Wilmington after a youth football practice, David said.

The victim — Mujaahid Muhammad – was a coach for his 10-year-old son’s football team. He and his son were leaving practice when his son’s mother, who is also the defendant’s girlfriend, approached their vehicle upset that her son was with Muhammad.

Muhammad attempted to leave the area in his car when Smith approached and fired one round into the victim’s vehicle. The shot struck Muhammed in the leg. Muhammad was released from the hospital four days later, David said.

Smith was arrested days later and charged in the case. He has been previously convicted of possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, selling or delivering cocaine, and multiple misdemeanor charges.

Superior Court Judge Josh Willey sentenced the defendant to 117-153 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

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