Man convicted in cyclist's fatal shooting

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Bogart man who fatally shot a 21-year-old motocyclist he believed had harassed his daughters has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Superior Court jury convicted Richard Harold Gear of murder and aggravated assault on Monday after a two-week Oconee County trial.

B.J. Mough of Winder was shot in the back Feb. 25 as he rode past Gear's house. Gear fired his gun twice as Mough drove by, and a third time when he made a second pass from the other direction.

Gear claimed self-defense, but District Attorney Ken Mauldin told jurors that he acted with premeditation. Although Gear's daughters called their mother to say a man was following them and collided with their car, Mauldin said Gear had time to dial 911.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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