DECATUR — A Decatur man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, but his legal troubles aren't over yet.

Malcolm J. Mathews, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of violating probation after a previous theft conviction and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Under a plea agreement negotiated by defense attorney Tiffany Senger, Judge Thomas Griffith on Wednesday sentenced Mathews to four years on each charge, the terms to run concurrently.

Mathews is due to be back in court in 2018, however, to face a charge of attempted murder during an armed robbery, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

A sworn police affidavit said Mathews and an accomplice tried to rob a Decatur man on the morning of April 1, but the victim fought back. Police said as Mathews struggled with the man a handgun he was brandishing went off and shot the man in the leg.

The wounded victim was still able to gain control of the weapon and Mathews fled, police. The victim later picked him out of a photo lineup, according to police.

Discussing the attempted murder case Wednesday, Assistant State’s Attorney Jane Foster said the prosecution was awaiting DNA evidence that was requested Nov. 15 and may take up to 60 days.

Senger said Mathews wanted the “earliest possible” trial date, and Griffith scheduled a jury trial for Jan. 8. Mathews was being held without bond in the Macon County Jail.

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Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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