Man to be sentenced in 2018 shooting

BUCKHANNON — According to court reports, Howard Joseph Landers, II, is set to be sentenced on Wed., March 13, in Upshur County Circuit Court in regard to an alleged shooting of a man in April 2018 in Buckhannon.

According to court reports, Landers will be sentenced to one to five years in prison entering a plea of guilty without providing a factual basis. He will, according to the agreement, also reportedly receive credit for time served since last April. In addition, according to reports, Landers wouldn’t request alternative sentencing.

Another part of the plea deal involves prosecution agreeing not to file a recidivist petition that could have increased the sentence for Landers.

He was indicted by the Upshur County Grand Jury on one count of malicious assault.

Landers reportedly was involved in a confrontation on April 19 at a residence at 15 Cleveland Avenue, in which he allegedly shot William Harley McCauley with a .22 pistol in the left side of his abdomen, according Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory.

McCauley was treated for his injuries at St. Joseph’s/WVU Medicine, according to reports.

Landers is being represented by Attorney James Hawkins, Jr.


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