Man gets jail time for shooting gun, threatening wife

Alfred Minor

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a firearm and threatening his wife during a domestic dispute in February.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Alfred A. Minor, 60, of Strasburg, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in prison, all time suspended, for committing one count of possession of a firearm, and five years with three years and six months suspended for discharging a firearm in a dwelling. Hupp also sentenced Minor to six months in jail, all suspended, for brandishing a firearm.

Hupp accepted an agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Travis Hovermale and Minor’s lawyer Michael Araj that called for the defendant to plead guilty to the three charges. The agreement also set the sentencing. Hupp granted the commonwealth’s motion to dismiss Minor’s remaining charges of reckless handling of a firearm and two counts of violating a protective order.

Strasburg police officers responded on Feb. 22 to Minor’s home in town where he lived with his wife, Hovermale recounted in his summary of the evidence. The couple started fighting and at one point Minor retrieved a revolver, threatened to shoot his wife and then fired the weapon away from the victim, Hovermale explained. Minor is a convicted felon, the attorney noted. Minor and his wife are now divorced, Hovermale said. The agreement does not prohibit Minor from having no contact with the victim.