Georgia Woman Sentenced to 27 Years for Shooting Neighbor Over Barking Dogs

A Georgia woman has been sentenced to nearly three decades in prison after shooting her neighbor in a dispute over barking dogs. The incident occurred on November 29, 2022, when Flowery Branch police responded to a shooting report at a residence on Chattahoochee Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman who had been shot multiple times.

The investigation revealed that Fonda Spratt, the victim’s neighbor, had entered the victim’s home and confronted her about the noise from her dogs before pulling out a firearm and shooting her multiple times. “This incident could have had catastrophic consequences. More innocent individuals could have been injured or killed,” said Flowery Branch Police Chief Christopher Hulsey during the investigation.

The identity of the victim has not been disclosed. Court documents indicate that Spratt was convicted of two counts of criminal attempt, aggravated assault, and home invasion. She is expected to serve 27 years in prison, followed by 38 years of probation.

Spratt, 57, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder, home invasion, and criminal possession of a firearm, according to Hall County court records. Two counts of aggravated assault were consolidated with her other charges. Spratt was also ordered to pay up to $2,000 for the victim’s “treatment” expenses.

Spratt’s sentence totals 65 years, with the majority to be served on probation. She is also required to complete 40 hours of community service. The incident took place late in the morning on November 29, 2022. Officers found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds in the street. Thanks to a tourniquet applied by law enforcement, the woman’s injuries were not fatal.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital in the Gainesville, Georgia, metropolitan area, where she was able to recover. Investigators quickly located Spratt and discovered that the shooting occurred after she entered the victim’s home, complained about the dogs’ noise, and fired multiple shots at her neighbor.