Albany man sentenced to 12 years in prison after appearing in Grundy County court

Gavel on desk in courtroom

Twenty five year-old Scott Oneal of Albany pleaded guilty to amended charges accusing him with second degree assault and armed criminal action March 20th, 2015 in Harrison County.

Grundy County Associate Circuit Court Judge Steve Hudson sentenced Oneal to 12 years in prison. That includes seven years on the second degree assault charge and five years on the armed criminal action charge.

The case was heard in Grundy County by Judge Hudson after Oneal requested a change of venue and a change of judge.

Oneal previously was accused of first degree assault resulting in serious injuries, plus armed criminal action. The first degree assault charge was amended to second degree assault.

The guilty plea averted a jury trial that had been scheduled for four days.

In the second degree assault charge, Scott Oneal was accused of acting in concert with Destiny Oneal to cause serious physical harm to Michael Hamilton by aiding and encouraging Destiny Oneal to seriously harm Michael Hamilton by shooting at him, causing him to fall in a ditch, and abandoning him.

Online court records show 21-year-old Destiny Oneal pleaded guilty last July in Harrison County to first degree assault and armed criminal action. She was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

A probable cause statement said Michael Hamilton was shot three times, twice in the head and once in the right hip.