- Associated Press - Friday, October 20, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who told police he wasn’t sure if a gun was loaded when he pressed it against an officer’s stomach and pulled the trigger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

As it turned out, 25-year-old Donte J. Watts’ revolver was empty of charges and Richmond officer Jared Crain was not injured in their March 7 struggle.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Watts pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted capital murder of a police officer, use of a firearm in a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Prosecutor Michael Hollomon said authorities believe Watts and a companion had intended to rob someone or break into an apartment.

Defense attorney Christopher Bradshaw said Watts had a documented history of mental health issues and no prior criminal record.

___

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.richmond.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide