By RICHARD F. BELISLE
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 22 shooting death of a friend was sentenced to 12 months in jail Friday, the maximum allowed by law, said Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.
Michael Andrew Neely, 43, who is confined to a wheelchair, will serve his time in either the Northern Regional Jail or Central Regional Jail because the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg is not equipped to handle handicapped inmates, Games-Neely said.
She said she wished Neely could serve more time, "but that is all the law allows."
The defendant, who is not related to the prosecutor, pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of Terry Craig White, 45, of Inwood, according to court records. The shooting took place in Neely's home, court records said.