An Anniston man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to charges including attempted murder in connection with a shooting that injured two at a Quintard Avenue gas station last year.
Quindarious Malik Sterling, 18, pleaded guilty before Calhoun County Circuit Judge Brian Howell to attempted murder, first-degree assault and shooting into an occupied building.
A Calhoun County grand jury indicted Sterling on Nov. 13, charging him with two counts of attempted murder for shooting Diontay Miliner and Shelley Temples on Aug. 16 at a Shell convenience store at 18th Street and Quintard Avenue. The grand jury also indicted Sterling on the count of discharging a firearm into an occupied building.
The Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office reduced the attempted murder charge for Temples’ shooting to first-degree assault, a felony.
Anniston police told The Star at the time of the shooting that a 23-year-old Gadsden man was struck in the chest by a bullet after an argument with the suspect outside the gas station, and that a 21-year-old woman from Oxford was shopping inside the store had her arm grazed by a bullet, also suffering minor cuts from glass window fragments. Both shooting victims were treated and released from the hospital the night of the shooting.
“I know it’s not an easy thing to do,” Howell told Sterling, after he pleaded guilty. “But I commend you for taking responsibility.”
Howell sentenced Sterling to 20 years in prison for each of the three convictions, each sentence to run concurrently. However, the judge agreed to let Sterling serve three-year split sentences on all three convictions. Counting the 160 days Sterling has already served in jail, he will be eligible for parole after two and a half years. After his release, he would remain on probation for five years, according to court records.