11/15/2013 4:39 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A man who admitted to firing his AK-47 assault rifle into an apartment complex last December received the maximum sentence for his crimes.
Judge Robert Burnside sentenced 27-year-old Raymond Stoumile to 15 years in prison for wanton endangerment and felony possession of a firearm. Stoumile agreed to plead guilty to those charges on the same day of his October trial.
In court Friday, Stoumile took responsibility for the shooting, but said he fired into the Hager Street apartments in self defense.
"I ain't go over there for any problems. I didn't even know problems were going to come up," Stoumile said in court. "If I never took that shot, I might not be standing here right now. I might not."
Prosecutors dismissed his claim and stated "he was going hunting" as he fired shots from the backseat of a car.
Because stoumile has a criminal history, his prison time is enhanced to 15 years.
"It's not just their intended target who's endangered," Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said. "It's anyone who's on the street, and children are killed when bullets go through walls, so it's really a random act of violence."
Burnside also ordered that the firearm be destroyed. Stoumile will receive credit for time served.