Man gets seven years in prison for shooting

Phillip Wilson

Phillip Wilson

FRONT ROYAL – A man convicted in a shooting that left the victim hospitalized for several weeks was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court.

The defendant, Phillip Wilson, 36, shot Timothy Wayne Carter at 716 Warren Ave. on Nov. 1. The shots were fired as Carter tried to mediate an argument between Wilson and another man over a woman.

Wilson fell backward during the dispute, pulled a handgun and fired two shots. Carter, wounded in the liver, was later airlifted to Fairfax Inova Hospital for an extended recovery.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden and defense attorney Matt Beyrau reached a plea agreement in May under which Circuit Judge Ronald Napier would sentence Wilson to five to seven years in prison. Napier approved the agreement.

Wilson pleaded no contest to attempted murder, malicious wounding, use of a gun in a felony and being a non-violent offender in possession of a handgun.

Madden told Napier that he had discovered new information about Wilson’s juvenile crime record that showed the defendant had been convicted of robbery in Norfolk when he was 15.

“We feel a period of seven years’ active incarceration is appropriate,” Madden told Napier.

Beyrau urged Napier to sentence Wilson to five years plus a lengthy period of supervised probation. Beyrau urged Napier not to let the newly discovered robbery conviction from Wilson’s teen years influence the sentencing decision.

“What happened when Mr. Wilson was 15 shouldn’t be weighed so heavily,” Beyrau said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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