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A Fayette County man who allegedly shot a woman in the head during a drug transaction back in 2017, pleaded guilty Wednesday.

According to a press release, Brandon Keyth Graham, 40, shot the victim who was driving a vehicle on Kelly Loop near Fayette County Road 91 while Graham was a passenger in her car. Responding law officers recovered methamphetamine and a handgun after the car crashed.

Graham was charged with attempted murder and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. He will now face a 20-year sentence.

“I’m satisfied with the guilty plea to the first-degree assault charge and the sentence that was imposed,” District Attorney Andy Hamlin said in the press release. "This case is an example of how drug activity can lead to more serious and violent crimes. If there is a silver lining to this very dark cloud, it is that this event enabled the victim in turning her life around. She has overcome so much. She is a very strong and courageous person. I couldn’t be prouder of her."

Graham was ordered to pay $8,450 in restitution to the victim and $10,498 to the Alabama Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, according to the release.

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