A man accused of a 2016 double shooting has pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault and family violence, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Superior Criminal Court in Forsyth County.
According to the prosecuting attorney, Michael Mahoney, on Wednesday Ronald Eric Lofland pleaded guilty to five charges including family violence aggravated assault, aggravated assault, tampering with the operation of an electronic monitoring device and two felony counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Lofland was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Maryland in March 2017 after spending nearly a year on the run from authorities for the 2016 non-fatal shooting of his wife and another male, according to Forsyth County authorities.
At the time of the incident in 2016, Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, told FCN that in May 2016 Lofland shot the two people at a home off Tribble Gap Road, and fled the scene.
Lofland’s vehicle, a Gold Jeep Liberty, was found abandoned on the side of the road the next morning at the Buford Highway interchange on Interstate-285 in Gwinnett County, Rodriguez said.
Mahoney said that Lofland has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crimes, and upon being released he will face “banishment” from the state of Georgia, “except from the Southern Judicial Circuit” which is comprised of Brooks, Colquitt, Echols, Lowndes and Thomas counties.