Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Sicklerville man has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison for the 2013 shooting of his then-girlfriend.

Timothy A. Horne, 38, was found guilty by a jury in June of three counts of aggravated assault and three weapons offenses.  Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley imposed the sentenced on Friday.

The victim, a then-33-year-old Camden woman, had been shot in the abdomen inside her home on the 1100 block of Kaighn Avenue in Camden around 10 a.m. on August 28, 2013.  She was taken to Cooper University Hospital and dropped off by a driver who fled before police arrived.  The victim was initially reported to be in critical condition, but ultimately survived.

Horne was apprehended operating the victim’s vehicle in the area of South 7th  and Benson streets in Camden around 11:20 a.m. that day.  In a statement, Horne told detectives the shooting was an accident that occurred during a domestic dispute with the victim and that he subsequently transported her to Cooper.

During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Cynthia Jentsch presented ballistics evidence and testimony at trial showing the firearm was not accidently discharged.

Horne received a 20-year sentence on a second-degree aggravated assault charge.  He also received a consecutive 10-year sentence for a certain person not to have weapons charge and a consecutive five-year sentence for a violation of probation.

The victim addressed the court during the sentencing and told Judge Kelley how the event has traumatized her and her family, but that she forgives the defendant.

Under the No Early Release Act, Horne will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Released Monday, August 24, 2015.