CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Nitro man will spend two to 10 years in prison for shooting a Sissonville resident in 2011.
Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Tod Kaufman waited for the results of a psychological evaluation before sentencing Timothy Chapman, 38. Chapman was initially charged with attempted murder after shooting 32-year-old Matthew Singleton.
He entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to malicious wounding in August. Chapman has already been behind bars since he was arrested and will receive credit for those 516 days.
Law enforcement officers responded to Singleton's home at 1302 Lakewood Drive just after 3 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2011. They found the victim with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He suffered serious injuries, but survived.
The incident occurred during a party at Singleton's house and several other people had been there. But at one point, according to prosecutors, an altercation took place and Singleton asked everyone to leave.
Chapman would not, they said. The two got into a fight and Chapman shot Singleton with a small revolver, then fled.
Chapman was arrested in 2010 for making a false threat to blow up the St. Albans Kroger. In that incident, police said he told a clerk he would "put a bullet in her brain" and shoot everyone in the store unless he was given money.
A psychological evaluation at that time concluded he was not competent to stand trial and not criminally responsible for his actions. He had just been released from a mental health facility a few days before.
The conclusion of his most recent evaluation, however, was that Chapman was competent and criminally responsible.Singleton did not appear at the sentencing hearing.