The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 4, 2014

Beckley man gets 9 to 25 years in prison for 2011 Mabscott shooting

A 28-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to nine to 25 years for multiple charges related to a January 2011 shooting in Mabscott.

Raymond Page Stoumile maintained his innocence throughout his trial last month, and even Thursday in court before his sentencing.

His defense attorney, Robert Dunlap, asked the court to correct a statement made in the pre-sentence report. The report read that Stoumile had said, “I am guilty and I just want to serve my time,” but Dunlap asked that it be corrected to read, “The jury found me guilty and I just want to serve my time.”

Although the jury did not believe he was guilty of his highest charge, attempted first-degree murder, they did find him guilty of all other charges, including two counts of malicious assault, four counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited carrier.

The Jan. 28, 2011, incident left his stepbrother, Anthony Johnson, with two severe gunshot wounds.

“I’ve did things in the past that I’m not proud of,” Stoumile said to the court.

He said he will miss seeing his 2-year-old daughter as she grows up and he is in the process of losing his house because of his criminal convictions.

“I’m sorry for taking up everybody’s time.”

Raleigh County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Truman said this was not just a crime against Anthony Johnson, but a crime against the public.

He agreed with Dunlap that much of the sentence should run concurrently, or at the same time, but the charges of wanton endangerment should be handled differently.

“There was a club full of people, many of whom had nothing to do with this victim,” Truman said.

But he said Stoumile chose to fire a gun multiple times in a crowded room. “He put a lot of people at risk.”

Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick agreed that the pre-sentence report was “unfavorable,” as Stoumile has a lengthy criminal history, prior substance abuse problems and no positive community sentiments.

Ultimately, Kirkpatrick sentenced Stoumile to serve four to 20 years for the two counts of malicious assault, three years concurrently for each of the wanton endangerment charges to be served concurrently with the previous sentence, and a consecutive flat five years for possession of a firearm by a prohibited carrier, for a total of nine to 25 years.

Stoumile was also ordered to pay prosecution costs.

This sentence will run concurrently with a previous sentence of 15 years imposed by Judge Robert A. Burnside for wanton endangerment and felony possession of a firearm from a 2009 shooting incident near the Hager Street apartments.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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