Man convicted of attempting to kill mother of his child

Victim crashed into JEA pole, ran to church for help


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 29-year-old man was found guilty Tuesday of attempted second-degree murder, shooting or throwing deadly missiles and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Akeem Alexander Bessent now faces 30 years and up to life in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Aug. 15.

In February 2013, the victim was driving on McQuade Street when another vehicle pulled in front of her and stopped.

Bessent, who has a child with the victim, exited the car with a gun and fired several shots at the victim’s vehicle.

Due to being fired at,

The victim reversed to get away from the gunfire and crashed her car into a JEA pole. The car burst into flames.

The victim then ran into a nearby church for help.