- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A college student shot by a former police officer at Augusta University has pleaded guilty to reduced charges stemming from the confrontation in which he was wounded.

Donte Stewart entered the plea Friday. The 21-year-old man received two years of probation rather than a possible prison term he originally faced.

Evidence showed officer Wesley Martin was responding to a noise complaint about a party in February 2014 when Stewart tried to leave.

The officer claimed self-defense after shooting at Stewart 13 times as the student tried to drive away. Stewart was hit in the face.

An Augusta Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1WTtAmQ ) investigation showed Martin claimed self-defense in dozens of cases in which he used force.

A prosecutor says a felony conviction against Stewart was unlikely based on earlier criminal cases involving Martin.

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