KETR Local
6:17 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Life sentence possible for Commerce man

Commerce – A life sentence is possible for a Commerce man convicted in a 2007 shooting.

Howard Weatherall Junior was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A Jury also found Weatherall guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon after a one day trial. He had been accused of shooting a male victim in September, 2007.

Typically a charge of aggravated assault carries a maximum charge of up to 20 years in prison; although Weatherall's previous criminal record, which includes five felony convictions, has enhanced his potential punishment. He now faces from 25 years to life in prison. The sentencing hearing is today.

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