Man guilty in murder of spouse

VALDOSTA — The man accused of the July 2014 shooting death of his estranged wife pleaded guilty to her murder Friday and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Donnaille Lamar James, 40, of Cuthbert, pleaded guilty to malice murder and armed robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder charge. He must serve at least 30 years in jail before parole can be considered, according to Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy.

James was arrested July 8 approximately six hours after his estranged wife, Sharonda James, 40, of Valdosta was found shot to death near the intersection of East Moore Street and North Forrest Street, according to Valdosta Police Department reports.

Sharonda James suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was found lying near the road by a Valdosta police officer who attempted to administer first aid. She was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Donnaille James fled the scene of the shooting in his wife’s white Chevrolet Venture and then abandoned the vehicle vehicle next to the CitiTrends store on Lakeland Avenue. He then fled to Cuthbert where he was arrested by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, according to reports.

James has yet to be sentenced for the armed robbery of the van. Sentencing for that charge will take place May 29 and carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years to life in prison, according to Shealy.

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