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Man sentenced for shooting wife as she jumped out window

April 30, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County man will have to serve at least six years in jail in connection with the shooting of his former wife last year, a county official said Thursday.

A jury last January found Scott Allen Marshall guilty of three charges in the May 5, 2003, shooting of his then-wife, Roberta Bond.

Bond testified that when Marshall came to her house on the Blue Ridge Mountain on the day of the shooting, he was angry because she had filed for divorce.

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Bond was able move toward a small window in the kitchen and jump through it.

Police say Marshall fired one gunshot through the window, striking Bond in the left thigh.

After she was shot, Bond dragged herself for about 50 yards before she was found by a neighbor who helped her, police said.

Her leg later had to be amputated from just below the knee and she is being fitted for a prosthetic leg, said Debra Young, the victims advocate in the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

A jury found Marshall guilty of first-degree attempted murder, malicious assault and domestic battery.

Before the trial, Marshall pleaded guilty to prohibited person in possession of a firearm, which stemmed from a family protection order that prohibited Marshall from carrying a firearm, prosecutors said.

On Thursday, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. sentenced Marshall to three to 15 years in jail for the first-degree attempted murder charge, two to 10 years in jail for the malicious assault charge, one year for the domestic battery charge and one year for the prohibited person in possession of a firearm charge, Young said.

Steptoe ruled Marshall will have to serve the sentences consecutively, Young said.

Marshall will receive credit for the time he has spent in the Eastern Regional Jail since May 5, 2003, Young said.

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