|Bassett man will also serve prison time for shooting at Rocky Mount residence|
Friday, June 29, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man will serve two years and three months of a 10-year sentence for shooting at an occupied residence on Route 122 in May 2011.
Ishigaryiontai Leonard Graves, 20, pleaded guilty in March to attempting to shoot into an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a nonviolent felony in juvenile court and two counts of assault and battery, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick Nix.
Bradley Lewis Harris, 19, of Bassett, who pleaded guilty in March to the same four charges in connection with the case, will serve four years of a 12-year sentence, Nix said.
The two men were sentenced this week in Franklin County Circuit Court.
The shooting incident occurred on May 9, 2011, when Graves, Harris and a 15-year-old male stopped at the residence on Booker T. Washington Highway and asked to see another man who was visiting the homeowner, Nix said.
When the visitor came to the door, an argument turned physical on the front porch, and Graves, Harris and the juvenile returned to their vehicle, Nix said.
When he reached the vehicle, Graves attempted to fire a .380 semiautomatic handgun but it did not discharge, Nix said. Somehow Harris ended up with the gun and fired one shot toward the residence, he added.
The homeowner told investigators she saw the flash from the gun while she was standing on the porch with her visitor, Nix said.
The gun was recovered on the side of Tree Top Road after being thrown from the vehicle, Nix said.