Man convicted of attempted murder

Phillip Wilson

FRONT ROYAL – A town resident pleaded no contest Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to attempted murder and three related charges in a shooting that left the victim hospitalized for several weeks.

Phillip Wilson, 36, faces a sentence of five to seven years in prison under a plea agreement accepted by Circuit Judge Ronald Napier. Defense attorney Matt Beyrau, of Winchester, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden were prepared to conduct a sentencing hearing, but Napier postponed the remainder of the case until August to allow for the writing of a pre-sentence report.

The shooting seriously wounded Timothy Wayne Carter, of Front Royal, when he tried to get between Wilson and another man after he saw them arguing over a woman at 716 Warren Ave.

“He walked over and was attempting to be a peacemaker,” Madden said of Carter.

Madden said Carter “touched” Wilson, who had been drinking. Wilson fell backward pulled a handgun and fired two shots, hitting Carter in the liver, Madden said.

The victim was taken by helicopter to Fairfax Inova Hospital where he was interviewed weeks later by a Front Royal police detective.

Madden said Carter has not completely recovered from the gunshot wound.

The other three offenses to which Wilson pleaded no contest are malicious wounding, use of a gun in a felony and being a non-violent felon in possession of a handgun.

Madden said Wilson’s criminal record includes a stint on probation, which was served in Norfolk and ended in 2009.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com