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Man in St. Albans shooting pleads guilty to wounding charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from shooting a St. Albans man seven times through his apartment window.

Terrance Blanks appeared Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court, where he pleaded guilty to malicious wounding with a firearm, which carries a two- to 10-year sentence. Blanks is set to be sentenced 11 a.m. May 1.

Prosecutors say last April, Blanks confronted Jerome James III in his apartment after he thought James stole a firearm from him. Blanks alleged James threatened to shoot him with that firearm.

Blanks later went outside his apartment and blindly shot into James' apartment through his window, striking him seven times. Blanks fled the scene.

James, who recovered from the shooting, pleaded guilty last September to a single-count federal indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.

James was sentenced in January to 40 months in prison. 


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