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Man returns to court for sentencing in Anderson nightclub shooting

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A man who was convicted of attempted murder, but failed to attend the final two days of his trial, returned to court on Tuesday for sentencing.

Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said in a press release that Jamal Watt was sentenced to 135 months (more than 11 years) on the charges of attempted murder, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and resisting arrest.

Watt was convicted of the charge on June 18, but had failed to return to court. He was taken into custody 9 days later in Seneca.

On Feb. 16, 2013, Watt and another man got into a fight at TJ Whispers in Anderson. The other man was told to leave the club and he and his fiance went next door to Andrews nightclub.

Later in the evening, deputies were called to TJ Whispers for an unrelated matter. When deputies were about to leave, Watt and the victim got into a verbal altercation and Watt pulled out a pistol and fired it.

One round struck the door of the club next to where one of the deputies was standing. The officer was hit by debris from the shot, but was not injured.

Officers then told everyone to lay on the ground, at which time, Watt fled on foot.

He was eventually found in a dumpster behind Red Lobster and showed deputies where he tossed the gun.

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