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Rex man sentenced in assault case

A Rex man accused of firing shots during a vehicle chase, at a man he apparently thought was having an affair with his wife, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Kenneth Malone, 45, was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, according to Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Powers.

Malone had been accused of holding his wife at gunpoint in his vehicle April 24, 2009, outside her workplace in Henry County. Powers said Malone erroneously believed that his wife, and one of her co-workers, were having an affair, and that when the co-worker left work, Malone gave chase into Clayton County.

Powers said Malone reportedly chased the man at speeds of up to 100 mph and fired several shots at his Dodge Charger with a handgun. She said two rounds struck the trunk of the Charger before the chase ended for reasons unknown, around Lovejoy High School. "For some reason, the defendant turned around," she said.

Powers said Malone was arrested after later, after taking his wife to Henry Medical Center when she complained of back pain, and she reported him to authorities.

-- From Staff Reports