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Army vet pleads guilty to shooting partner at San Antonio military base

SAN ANTONIO — A retired Army sergeant and businessman admitted Wednesday that he shot his estranged common-law wife multiple times last June at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston because she was leaving him.

Alvin Leon Roundtree, 51, pleaded guilty to using a deadly weapon to assault an officer or employee of the United States, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. The deal spared him a potential life sentence because charges of retaliating against the victim, Army Capt. Mona McFadden, would be dropped.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery has scheduled his sentencing for September.

His plea paperwork said Roundtree went to the post the afternoon of June 10, took a .45-caliber handgun out of a Gucci bag and fired several times at McFadden, 46, outside the Army Medical Department Center and School. She was struck in the arm, abdomen, lower back, shin and buttocks but survived. Roundtree fled, but he was caught before leaving the post after Army investigators, Air Force Security Forces, San Antonio police and the FBI swarmed the base.

The post, and the more than 30,000 people there at the time, were placed on lockdown for a brief period while police searched for Roundtree.

While in jail, he later was accused of conspiring with a relative to hire a hitman to take out McFadden, but he isn't admitting to those allegations.

Besides 20 years in the military, public records said Roundtree owned, is a registered agent or had interests in K5G LLC, which operates or has operated nightclubs that include Silk Ultra Lounge, The Sapphire Lounge, and NV Ultra Lounge.

Public records also show he owned Fatty's Burgers & More in Stone Oak, which is no longer open.

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