The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 15, 2013

Beckley man found guilty of endangerment

BECKLEY — At the conclusion of his second trial, a Beckley man was found guilty of five counts of wanton endangerment and one count of retaliation against a witness from a 2011 shooting incident.

Michael Darnell Harvey, 31, fired multiple shots April 20, 2011, on Canaday Street, where he was accused of attempting to shoot a police informant who was standing in the driveway with his mother.

No one was injured during the shooting, but three additional people were in close proximity, so Harvey was charged with five counts of wanton endangerment.

Harvey’s case went to trial in April this year, but the jury was deadlocked and could not reach a verdict.

Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge Robert Burnside declared a mistrial, and a new trial was held last week.

Tom Truman, Raleigh County chief deputy prosecuting attorney, said the jury returned a verdict of guilty for all six counts this time.

Harvey now faces up to 30 years in prison and will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17.

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