By Fred Petke / Staff Writer

A Williamsburg man will serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting his girlfriend in the neck following an argument.

Randy Hamblin, 36, pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges Thursday in Whitley Circuit Court, according to the clerk’s office. Prosecutors recommended a 15-year sentence in exchange for the guilty plea. Attorneys couldn’t finalize an agreement earlier this summer and his trial was postponed until Thursday.

Hamblin was arrested on Dec. 7 after his girlfriend Wanda Clark called police. She had been shot in her neck and fled afterward and flagged down police.

Carter told police she and Hamblin had argued in her mobile home all day but things turned violent when he accused her of being unfaithful. Hamblin told her he had had enough, pulled a 12- gauge shotgun and fired at close range.

Hamblin allowed Carter to seek medical help after she promised to tell police the shooting was accidental, police said.

Police said both alcohol and drugs were factors in the shooting. Kentucky State Police Trooper David Lassiter said the shooting was an unprovoked attack.

A second person at the scene was unconscious at the time of the shooting, police said.

Carter was alert and talkative at the scene, but was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Hamblin was arrested at the scene on Bennett Branch Road without incident.

Hamblin will be sentenced on Nov. 6 in Williamsburg, according to the clerk’s office. He remains free on bond.

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