Texan gets 20 years for shooting brother-in-law

July 24, 2012 7:11:51 AM PDT
A Central Texas man who claimed self-defense has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting his brother-in-law.

A jury in Bryan on Monday sentenced 30-year-old William McKinley Hammond of Hearne. Jurors earlier convicted Hammond of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports 24-year-old Jesse Lee Davenport III suffered neck and face wounds in the March 2010 shotgun attack.

Davenport was shot while outside the Bryan home of his mother. Investigators say Hammond's wife, who is Davenport's sister, and the couple's three children were inside.

Hammond testified that Davenport, several days before being wounded, opened fire outside Hammond's home. Davenport allegedly then escorted his sister from the residence. Nobody was hurt.

Davenport faces trial on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.