- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - A man accused of shooting three people inside an Alabama church is going to prison for more than two decades after pleading guilty to attempted murder and assault charges.

Court records show a judge in Selma imposed the sentence on 27-year-old James Minter during a hearing Monday.

Minter pleaded guilty in a shooting that occurred in 2015 at Oasis Tabernacle Church in Dallas County.

Authorities and witnesses say Minter entered the church during Sunday morning worship and sat down in a pew before pulling out a gun. He opened fire, wounding his estranged girlfriend, their infant son and a pastor.

Authorities say the pastor and church members prevented more bloodshed by wrestling the gun away from the man.

District Attorney Michael Jackson calls the shooting an act of domestic violence.

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