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Bond raised for local attorney who fired shots

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A circuit judge has reinstated a $200,000 cash-only bond for a local attorney who fired shots from his South Hills home earlier this month during what a prosecutor described as a "shooting rampage."

A magistrate lowered the bond for Mark Bramble on Friday.

Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach made a motion after Kanawha Magistrate set his bond at his preliminary hearing at $250,000, or 10 percent cash. Bramble could have then been released by posting $25,000.

Prosecutors objected to that. Giggenbach said in his motion that Bramble fired 48 rounds from multiple weapons Aug. 12 from his Sherwood Forest home. He endangered his wife, who was in the home, and neighbors, including three children who resided in the house across the street.

Giggenbach called the incident a "shooting rampage." A SWAT team responded that day and finally apprehended Bramble, who shot himself and was treated at a local hospital.

He has been held at South Central Regional Jail since his release from the hospital. He was still incarcerated this morning.

At his initial court appearance, Magistrate Mike Sisson set his bond at $200,000 cash only. Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey ruled on Giggenbach's motion Friday and agreed with that bond.

Giggenbach said that the lower bond set by Magistrate Jack Pauley on Friday was insufficient to protect the public from Bramble.

"The nature of the offenses indicate a reckless, wanton, violent and dangerous outburst by the defendant that lasted for hours despite law enforcement presence," Giggenbach wrote in his motion.

"The defendant is an attorney with possible means of fleeing the jurisdiction. No requirement was made for the defendant to give up his passport."

He also said Bramble should not be permitted to self-report to a mental hygiene hearing.

Giggenbach said Bramble could have injured or killed many people that day. He noted that Bramble pointed a rifle at his wife prior to her escape from their home.

His wife, Lori Bramble, made the initial call to 911 that day and said her husband was hallucinating and firing shots inside the residence.

Bramble was an Assistant Attorney General but turned in his resignation a few days before that incident.

He has been charged with attempted murder and felony wanton endangerment.

Giggenbach said Bramble fired shots from a long-range Winchester 30-30, a Colt AR-15 .223 caliber assault rifle and a Universal M1 .30 carbine rifle. Two empty 20-round magazines for the assault rifle were found at the scene along with an unloaded 12-gauge Winchester shotgun and a loaded 9mm Glock with 15 rounds in the magazine. Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832


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