The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

October 5, 2009

Man who shot Athens police officer sentenced to prison

The Athens police officer who was shot while responding to a domestic incident last year said he spent a lot of time second-guessing himself but, mainly, considers himself fortunate.

“I was very lucky,” said Lt. Trevor Harris. “It missed all of the organs. And although it went through, it didn’t cause me any disability. I went back to work a couple of weeks later. Although it was uncomfortable, I’m glad to be here.”

Harris talked about the shooting following Monday’s sentencing of the shooter.

James “Patrick” Toney, 40, of 1716 Lucas St. in Athens pleaded guilty Monday morning to one count of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault in the case, said District Attorney Kristi Valls.

Limestone County Circuit Judge Jimmy Woodroof Jr. sentenced Toney to 25 years for shooting Harris plus two concurrent 20-year sentences for shooting his former girlfriend, Stephanie Cosby, and her sister, Katie Cosby.

Both sisters were in agreement on the plea agreement and the sentences, Valls said.

“I was certainly satisfied with the sentences,” said Harris, who attended the sentencing along with his wife, Carol.

Toney will be taken to Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Valls said.

Toney surrendered to Athens Police following the shooting.

“It’s just one example of the dangers faced by officers and deputies every day,” Harris said.

He thanked his friends, family and even the total strangers who supported him after the shooting. He thanked the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department for working the crime scene that night and for putting so much effort into the investigation even though the case never went to trial. He also commended Valls and her office for doing an excellent job handling the case.

The shooting

Toney had gone to the home of his ex-girlfriend’s mother off Welch Drive to work on a car when the shooting occurred, Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said at the time.

Text Only
Local News


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee