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W.Va. man offers guilty plea in case involving AK-47

October 07, 2000

W.Va. man offers guilty plea in case involving AK-47



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man who was charged with firing at police up to 14 times with an AK-47 assault rifle and ramming a police car last summer has offered a guilty plea in the case, according to court records.

Bobby Davis, of Route 2, pleaded guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

If Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. accepts the plea arrangement, other charges on which Davis was indicted last February will be dropped, said Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson.

Davis made the plea last Monday. Steptoe said he will decide whether to accept the plea after reviewing a pre-sentence report on Davis.

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Steptoe is scheduled to review the case Nov. 22.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Davis on three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, three counts of shooting at another person in a place of public resort and three counts of assault on a police officer, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

Conviction on a charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm carries a prison sentence of from one to five years. Under Davis' proposed plea agreement, he could receive up to two years in jail on each charge, Thompson said.

Police went to Davis' house in August 1999 after receiving a call from a woman who said her husband was considering suicide, said Sheriff William Senseney.

When deputies arrived at Davis' house in Shannondale, they noticed headlights from a car approaching the house. Police are not sure if the driver got out of the car, but 12 to 14 rounds from an AK-47 were fired in the direction of the deputies, Senseney said.

The driver rammed the car into a sheriff's department cruiser, causing the assault rifle to lodge in the front windshield, Senseney said. As he attempted to pull the rifle out of the windshield, two deputies fired at him, Senseney said.

After being shot, Davis got out of his car and began approaching one of the deputies, who applied pepper spray on him. The three deputies then tackled Davis, Senseney said.

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