NWGA Scanner | July 6th, 2021

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison after shooting neighbor over loud music in Floyd County

According to Floyd County Assistant District Attorney Morgan Bottger and a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On August 19th, 2020, at around 7:45 PM, Charles Vincent Hawkins became annoyed by a neighbor playing loud music on West Drive near his East Bend Drive residence. Hawkins picked up his .357 revolver, stepped over to his neighbor Francisco Pablo, fired the pistol at point-blank range, and stared at him writhing on the ground as he turned the music he’d been playing loud down, Floyd County Assistant District Attorney Morgan Bottger said. According to the incident report, Hawkins admitted to police that he’d shot Pablo and why. Video played in court showed Hawkins saying he should have gone ahead and shot Pablo in the head. In Court, Pablo opened his shirt to show the massive scar caused by a .357 magnum bullet fired into his chest at point-blank range. Pablo told the court his life would never be the same again. Floyd County officers were awarded earlier this year for their life-saving efforts and heroism during shooting. Hawkins, the 71-year-old veteran, worked at General Electric in West Rome for years and raised a family. “Despite being a good person all his life, that was tainted by shooting his neighbor point-blank in the chest,” Assistant District Attorney Bottger said. In February, Floyd County Superior Court Judge Kay Ann Wetherington had Hawkins taken back into custody and revoked his bond conditions. In June, Hawkins was convicted on the aggravated assault charges. On Thursday by Floyd County Superior Court, Judge Kay Ann Wetherington sentenced Hawkins to 10 years in prison to serve with an additional 15 years on probation. Several family members spoke on behalf of Hawkins during the hearing for sentencing, and other family and friends sent letters to the judge claiming justification for the shooting. Hawkins was also ordered to pay $166,435 in restitution, which is the total sum of Pablo’s hospital bills stemming from the shooting.