Four-Month Sentence for Shooting Cyclist in Head

In an aggravated road rage incident that has been boiled down to simply being a "bad day", a North Carolina man has been sentenced to four months in jail for shooting a cyclist in the head.
November 28, 2009, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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"On July 26, cyclist Alan Simons was riding with his family on Tunnel Road. According to Asheville police, Charles Alexander Diez had stopped to argue with Simons, saying that the child seat the cyclist's 3-year-old son was riding in was unsafe. As Simons began walking away, Diez fired his handgun, the .38-caliber bullet tearing through the back of Simons' bike helmet, less than an inch from his head."

Charges were reduced from attempted first-degree murder to felony assault.

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Published on Friday, November 20, 2009 in Mountain XPress
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