Towles given 20-year sentence for aggravated assault, to serve 5 years

news_court_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Amy Denise Towles was convicted Thursday in Alcorn County circuit court on a charge of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Towles, 46, of Corinth, will serve five years after Judge Thomas Gardner suspended 15 years of the sentence, and ordered five years post-release supervision.

Towles was charged in October 2012 by a grand jury with shooting William Clay Wells in the abdomen with a .22-caliber rifle on June 17, 2012.

She was represented by Corinth attorney Clay Nails, who said he hoped the judge would consider the severity of the sentence in light of the fact that the shooting happened during a domestic dispute in which the defendant and the victim struggled over possession of the weapon.

Gardner also imposed a $1,000 fine, court costs and the usual assessments, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen, who prosecuted the case. The charge carried a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

At trial Wells testified he had incurred medical expenses approaching half a million dollars and additional bills approaching $300,000, and continues to suffer complications from his wounds, Bowen said.

It was revealed during the trial that Towles and Wells had lived together on and off about four times prior to the shooting incident, and Wells had moved back in with Towles at the time of the shooting.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com