Canton man sentenced to life in prison for girlfriend's murder

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Nov. 19—A Canton man was sentenced to life in prison with a chance at parole Wednesday after pleading guilty to fatally shooting his girlfriend in 2019. For ...
Nov. 19—A Canton man was sentenced to life in prison with a chance at parole Wednesday after pleading guilty to fatally shooting his girlfriend in 2019.

For Tammy Gilbert, Jan. 5, 2019 started out as the day of her daughter's wedding.

But later that day, Cherokee County sheriff deputies found Gilbert critically injured with a gunshot wound at a home on Burris Road in Waleska. She died shortly after arriving at the hospital. She was 55.

Jesse Lamar Simmons, 43, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the following charges in Gilbert's death: malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act, and tampering with evidence, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, court records show.

The plea and sentencing comes after Simmons initially pleaded not guilty in June.

Simmons will be eligible for parole in 30 years, said Cyndi Crossland, public information officer for the district attorney.

Responding law enforcement officers found Gilbert still alive but injured with a single gunshot wound to her chest and a gunshot graze to her upper arm, according to the district attorney's office. Simmons had not attempted to treat her wounds, authorities said.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services engaged in lifesaving efforts that continued during the transport to the hospital, but Gilbert died shortly after arriving.

Simmons initially told investigators that Gilbert was depressed, had a history of suicide attempts, and had shot…
Marietta Daily Journal, Ga.
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