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January 7, 2014

Omega man sentenced in killing

MOULTRIE —

Two homicide cases appeared before Colquitt County Superior Court Judge Harry J. Altman II Monday. 

In one, an Omega man was sentenced to 20 years, while the other defendant’s case was continued for sentencing at a later date.

Altman sentenced Fausto Gonzalez, 36, to serve 18 years in prison, with two years on probation.

Gonzalez, 37, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, 35-year-old Virginia Gonzalez.

The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office was called to Gonzalez’s Omega residence at about 12:41 a.m. on June 2, 2013. When they arrived, Virginia Gonzalez, who had been shot multiple times, was dead.

The agency said that the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Fausto Gonzalez turned himself in to authorities about 12 hours after deputies responded to the couple’s residence.

In addition to the prison time, Altman ordered that if deported Gonzalez is not to return to the United States.

In the other case, Altman delayed sentencing Cynthia Montgomery Alderman in the death of her husband, Stanley Alderman. 

She pleaded guilty in August to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The continuation on Monday was the third time sentencing has been postponed in the case.

On Monday the issue reportedly was arrangements for Alderman’s three children for the time she is jailed. Sentencing likely will occur within about a month.

Stanley Alderman’s body was found early on the morning of Sept. 1, 2012, in a park with a shelter that is a short distance from downtown Moultrie and is a daytime gathering spot.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled that he died from blunt trauma caused by being struck by a car. The agency said the death was a homicide.

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