Judge rejects plea deal for man charged in double shooting in Bluefield

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) – A judge has rejected a plea bargain for a West Virginia man charged in the 2016 shooting of two females that left one paralyzed from the waist down.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Circuit Court Judge William Sadler rejected 21-year-old Donovan Thomas’ plea agreement during Monday’s sentencing hearing, citing his review of a presentencing report. Further details have not been reported.

A trial has been scheduled for later this month.

Thomas pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment on Nov. 21, and would’ve received a two-year cap on a prison sentence under the agreement’s terms.

Authorities said Thomas was in a vehicle with then-20-year-old Corinna Williams and a juvenile when they were shot. Thomas told investigators he’d returned fire at someone shooting at the car. The juvenile was paralyzed in the shooting.


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