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Lafayette man accused of shooting his girlfriend

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 14:27:41-04

A Lafayette man with a history of violence has been arrested again, this time accused of shooting his girlfriend during a fight.

Joshua T. Harley, 25, was booked with attempted first-degree murder after an incident that happened Tuesday. Lafayette Police say he and his girlfriend got into an argument, and he got a gun and shot her in the leg. She was transported to the hospital for treatment, police say.

KATC investigates has learned that Harley has served time for a shooting before, and also was accused of domestic violence in the past. He was out on probation at the time of this arrest; there is no bond set for his release because he's accused of domestic violence and because of the probation.

Lafayette Parish court records show:

Harley was charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number in 2015 in connection with a shooting incident. He pleaded guilty in 2016 to an amended charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, and was sentenced to a year in prison, with credit for time served.

He was out on probation in 2017 when he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice and interfering with an officer in connection with a 2016 incident. He pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to seven years in prison, with credit for time served. That sentence was to be served concurrently with the sentence in the firearm charge, because his probation was revoked.

In March 2019, he was charged with domestic abuse battery by strangulation and child endangerment. Those charges were dropped three months later.

In 2012, he was charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of drug parphernalia. He pleaded guilty to the paraphernalia charge and the distribution charge was dropped. In 2013 he was charged with attempted armed robbery; he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of simple robbery. In 2016 he pleaded guilty to a simple battery charge and to a criminal damage to property charge, admitting that he damaged the medical area of the Lafayette jail.