Crime Man Shoots Girlfriend in Head — and When She Survives, He Tells Her She'd Been in Car Accident Jerrontae Cain, 39, was convicted on Thursday after a Fulton County Superior Court jury determined he was guilty of shooting his ex, 42-year-old Nicole Gordon, in the skull By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 27, 2019 12:07 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: FBI A woman in Georgia was shot in the head when she wasn’t looking by her ex-boyfriend, who told her when she regained consciousness that she had been in a car accident and been cut by glass. Jerrontae Cain, 39, was convicted on Thursday of numerous crimes — including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, and possession of a firearm — after a Fulton County Superior Court jury determined he shot his ex, 42-year-old Nicole Gordon, in the skull. According to a release from the Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney, Gordon first discovered what had happened to her on June 25, 2017, when a friend took her to the Atlanta Medical Center to undergo an evaluation. She had been experiencing severe headaches, memory loss, and trouble communicating for more than a month, but had assumed the symptoms stemmed from an accident Cain told her she’d gotten into while behind the wheel while the two were in the car together. But during her assessment, doctors discovered a bullet lodged in the rear of her skull, the DA’s office said. The bullet was in such a delicate position that doctors have told her it would have to stay there, as any attempt to remove it could cause death. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. Though she did not remember being shot, Gordon later recalled to police what she thought was her car accident — explaining that she and Cain had been having an argument when the driver’s side window of her vehicle broke and crashed down upon her face. At that point, she told police she lost consciousness and only briefly regained it when she was in Cain’s car. He took her to his mother’s home, where Gordon thought they were treating her for the wound caused by the broken glass. Authorities later questioned Cain, who maintained that Gordon had been in an accident and had hit a tree, the DA said. When police investigated the crime scene, they found inconsistencies with Cain’s explanation. At that point, an arrest warrant was issued for Cain. It would take over a year for cops to track down Cain — who has 13 prior arrests, 1 prior convection for sexual battery, and an open case on charges of burglary in the first degree. He was eventually found in January 2019, hiding in the attic at a home in College Park. Cain surrendered after a two-hour standoff. During trial, Gordon’s friends testified that Cain had physically abused her throughout her relationship, the DA said. Cain was sentenced to a total of 30 years, 25 of which will be served in prison. The remaining 5 will be on probation.