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Washington County man sentenced to 10 years for firing gun at wife, mother-in-law

Jamie Hiler Wainwright pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and using a firearm to commit a violent crime

March 14, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
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A Washington County man who fired multiple shots at his estranged wife and mother-in-law last July was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison during a hearing Thursday at Washington County Circuit Court.

Before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. passed sentence, Jamie Hiler Wainwright, 37, of 10106 Saint George Circle in Saint James Village North, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and using a firearm to commit a violent crime.

“This is a very dangerous situation that occurred, Mr. Wainwright,” Long said. “You are fortunate no one was injured.”

Wainwright also had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and a number of other counts, but those charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.

Long sentenced Wainwright to 25 years on the first-degree assault charge, and to 20 years on the charge of using a firearm to commit a violent crime. Long suspended all but 10 years on both sentences and ordered them to run concurrently.

Wainwright must serve a mandatory five years on the conviction of using a firearm to commit a violent crime.

Wainwright addressed the court before sentence was passed.

“I would just like to apologize to the victims, and I would like to thank the court for helping me get the help that I need,” Wainwright said.

Wainwright was referring to anger management and other counseling that he received while incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center.

Defense attorney Alan Winik, in a statement before the sentencing, said that Wainwright suffered from “demons in the form of mental health issues” leading up to the shootings.

“I think this was leading up toward suicide by cop at the very least,” Winik told the court.

The incident happened on the night of July 12, 2012, when Wainwright entered his house on Saint George Circle and went into the bedroom where his estranged wife, Mandy Wainwright, and her mother, Kristy Sacchet, were on the bed watching television, Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes said Thursday in court.

Debes said Jamie Wainwright was carrying a handgun and told the women, “This is going to end with me putting a gun in my mouth.”

He then said he was going to kill the women, according to court documents.

Authorities said he spoke to the women as he fired at them, saying, “Believe me, if I miss I have plenty of bullets.”

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies found seven spent shell casings in the bedroom and seven bullet holes in the walls and furnishings, according to court documents. Mandy Wainwright said she felt one of the bullets pass by her ear.

Jamie Wainwright fled the scene and was captured at a restaurant in Westminster, Md., documents said. Maryland State Police in Carroll County told investigators that several magazines of ammunition were visible inside his car.

The Wainwrights were separated, but Jamie Wainwright stayed at the house on occasion, according to documents. He was watching their children earlier on the day he fired the shots. He left the house after Mandy Wainwright returned from work, but returned that night, documents said.

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