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July 18, 2014

Man found guilty from 2012 shooting spree

ROMNEY, W.Va. — A 12-man jury found Chris W. Fleming of Capon Bridge guilty of one count of attempted murder and not guilty of a second count.

Fleming was also found guilty of 12 counts of wanton endangerment and one count of fleeing in reckless indifference for safety of others.

The verdict was reached within one hour of deliberation.

Fleming could face up to 80 years in prison if the maximum sentence on each charge is handed down by Judge Charlie Carl, who presided over the jury trial.

Hampshire County Prosecuting Attorney Dan James said, “Fleming had 10 banana clips in the AR-15 assault rifle that held 30 rounds each. We were able to show that Fleming fired at least 39 rounds at various people.”

“If the bullets had gone a couple inches in either direction, Hampshire County would have been on national news.”

Defense attorneys Larry Garrett and Jonathan Brill tried to show that Fleming was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after being in the Iraq War while serving in the U.S. Army.

According to news reports at the time of the Labor Day 2012 shooting spree, Fleming and his wife had an argument and he pointed his gun at a neighbor and threatened to shoot her.

A chase ensued after deputies from the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department responded to 911 calls

Fleming fired at vehicles along Cold Stream Road and at the entrance to Buffalo Gap campground.  When bullets hit one car the driver fled and police said that Fleming threatened to kill the victim.

Law enforcement encountered Fleming wielding the assault rifle on Christian Church Road.

One deputy fired, hitting an ammunition pack Fleming was carrying. Fleming surrendered.

James said that Fleming’s defense attorneys were hoping for a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, presenting three experts to testify on his behalf.

Fleming was taken to Potomac Highlands Regional Jail to await sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Contact Marla Pisciotta at marlapisciotta@frontier.com.

 

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