A Coeburn man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty under the Alford rule to attempted second degree murder, grand larceny of a firearm, attempting to purchase a firearm after being convicted of a felony, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and shooting at an occupied vehicle.
An Alford plea is when a defendant pleads guilty without making an admission of guilt.
Wesley Aaron Wayne Campbell, 20, appeared Thursday in Wise County Circuit Court on multiple charges stemming from incidents that occurred in early 2015 and February 2016.
Campbell was sentenced 50 years in prison with 35 years suspended, meaning that Campbell will spend 15 years in prison. The suspended sentence is conditioned on successful completion of 15 years supervised probation.
In January 2015, a pistol was reported stolen from a garage near Coeburn where Campbell had visited earlier the same day. Campbell confessed that he took the gun intending to sell it to make money.
In February 2016, Campbell attempted to buy an AR-15 and had previously been found guilty or adjudicated delinquent of a felony charge as a juvenile.
Later that same date, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a call of the driver of a vehicle shooting out the window at another vehicle on US-23 southbound near the Wise County/City of Norton border. Norton police located the vehicle and found Campbell inside. Police found weapons and ammunition in Campbell’s possession, including a sawed-off shotgun.