A Florida couple, identified as Beverly and Wallace Fountain of Tallahassee, has been found guilty and convicted on three counts of aggravated assault. The charges stem from an incident where they shot at a Black man, Charles McMillon, Jr., and his young son as they were dropping off a moving truck. The couple has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison, according to a news release from the authorities.
Jail records confirm that Beverly and Wallace Fountain are currently in custody. They pleaded no contest to the charges, and a judge adjudicated them guilty, subsequently handing down a sentence of 33 months of imprisonment, as reported by the Tallahassee Democrat.
The Fountains claimed that they had been experiencing incidents of vandalism and theft at a strip mall they owned, prompting them to keep surveillance. It was during one such instance in August 2020 when Charles McMillon, Jr. and his 10-year-old son were returning the U-Haul truck to the strip mall that the couple opened fire on them.
Thankfully, both McMillan managed to escape physically unharmed, but the traumatic experience left them deeply shaken. In a news release, Charles Gee, the attorney representing the McMillon family, stated that the sentencing of the Fountains has brought a sense of closure to the family, following the distressing incident.
The family expressed gratitude that justice has been served and hopes that their story will serve as a reminder of the importance of seeking justice for victims and their families, as mentioned in the news release.
As a result of their felony convictions, the Fountains will be prohibited from possessing firearms, providing a measure of justice not only to the McMillon family but also to the wider community, as stated in the release.