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Man Gets Chance at Reduced Sentence

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A Winnabow man is back in court to be re-sentenced for a crime he committed six years ago.

In October 2001, Brunswick County sheriff's deputies went to Paul Pelham's home to arrest him for selling cocaine. Gunfire erupted, and Pelham shot Deputy Steven Lanier twice, while Pelham was hit 17 times.

A jury found Pelham not guilty of attempted first-degree murder, but guilty of eight other charges -- including assault with a deadly weapon and intent to kill Lanier. Pelham was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Now, because of a legal technicality, he's getting a second chance at a reduced sentence.

His mother thinks he was wrongly convicted in the first place.

"I don't think he did it, he didn't shoot him," she said. "I'm not saying he's right, but I'm not saying he's all wrong either. Reduce his sentence."

None of the lawyers involved in the case are allowed to talk about the trial underway.

Reported by Kelli O'Hara

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