Jacksonville man gets 45-year sentence after shooting bystander

James Butler, 27, also fired shots into another person's vehicle


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for firing a gun at someone and shooting an innocent bystander.

James Leonard Butler, 27, was convicted of six counts of second degree attempted murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Butler also received 15 years in prison for one count of attempted manslaughter and one count of shooting or throwing deadly missiles. That sentence will run consecutively to the 30-year sentence.

Butler and his girlfriend were involved in an argument with the victim in July 2013 at Clanzel Brown Park.

After Butler left the area, the victim was picked up by his girlfriend and four children.

As they attempted to leave, they noticed Butler had returned and stopped his vehicle in the road near the entrance of an apartment complex.

Butler got out and pulled a gun and fired several shots. The shots struck the victim's car.

The victims were able to get away without injuries.

A bystander walking nearby was hit in the shoulder by a bullet. She recovered from her injuries.