Plea deal made in Hopewell shooting
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 23, 2013, 16:50
HOPEWELL — After many postponements of a trial, the Commonwealth has reached a deal in a plea agreement with a man charged in a shooting at a restaurant last year.
At 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2012, Hopewell Police responded to a call for shots fired at Jolly Rogers restaurant located at the 2500 block of Oaklawn Blvd. When the police arrived on scene, two people were injured.
Hopewell Police determined, after an investigation, that Paul Scott Bass, 54, displayed and discharged a small-caliber handgun found at the scene. A driver fleeing the scene where Bass was shooting struck 44-year-old Deia Wilkerson, of Hopewell, and Bass.
At the time of the incident, Police Chief John Keohane characterized the process of working the case that was initially treated as a hit and run as difficult.
“It’s very difficult,” he said back in September. “We’re dealing with levels of intoxication and injury also.”
Keohane also said the police had also heard several different versions of what occurred and spent many hours sorting through conflicting stories and working with at least one uncooperative witness at the time of the investigation.
Bass was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm and discharging a firearm in the city. The aggravated malicious wounding charge was later changed to attempted malicious wounding.
In the plea agreement, which was decided upon in Circuit Court on Oct. 9, Bass, who was represented by Lee Parker, pleaded guilty to attempted malicious wounding and unlawful wounding and will serve a year in prison.
As part of the plea agreement, Bass was sentenced to 10 years in prison with nine suspended for attempted malicious wounding and five years with five suspended for the unlawful wounding charge. The firearm charge against Bass was not pursued as part of the plea agreement.
The suspended time is “conditioned on the defendant having no contact with Deia Wilkerson or Jerry Evans, paying costs of court and being of good behavior.” The plea agreement also states that once released from jail, Bass will be under indefinite supervised probation.