Judge sentences man for his role in deadly Clarksburg shooting incident

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UPDATE (6/18/18 12:35 p.m.):

A judge sentenced a man on Monday for charges related to a deadly shooting incident in Clarksburg.

Judge Thomas Bedell sentenced Michael Hawkins to five years in prison for a felony charge of wanton endangerment with a firearm and one year in prison for a misdemeanor charge of person prohibited from possessing firearms.

Hawkins will serve those sentences consecutively.


UPDATE (4/25/18 6:36 p.m.):

A Harrison County jury convicted a man on charges related to a shooting incident in Clarksburg.

The jury convicted Michael Hawkins of wanton endangerment involving a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hawkins was originally charged with murder then attempted murder after a shooting incident last April that left 32-year-old Roncie Bohanna dead.

Clarksburg Police said they determined that Hawkins’ gun did not fire the shot that killed Bohanna.

At this time, police have not charged anyone else in her death.

A judge will sentence Hawkins on June 18.


ORIGINAL (4/24/18 4:49 p.m.):

A man facing charges in a fatal Clarksburg shooting incident in is on trial in Harrison County.

Michael Hawkins appeared in Harrison County Circuit Judge Thomas Bedell’s courtroom Tuesday for day two of his trial. Hawkins, who originally faced a murder charge, and later an attempted murder charge, after an April 2017 shooting incident that left 32-year-old Roncie Bohanna dead, is facing a felony wanton endangerment involving a firearm charge and a misdemeanor person prohibited from possessing a firearm charge.

In the initial stages of the investigation, Clarksburg Police said as Hawkins left Journey’s End, a bar in the North View area of Clarksburg, he fired a handgun once toward three people, including Bohanna. Later, it was determined that a bullet from Hawkins gun did not strike and kill Bohanna. At this time, no one has been charged for her death.

Clarksburg Police Detective Sergeant Chris Willis took the stand Tuesday to finish his testimony from Monday. Willis said he interviewed about eight to 10 witnesses of the incident, including Desmond Simmons. Willis testified that he believes Desmond Simmons, who also fired a weapon during the incident, is the one who may have struck and killed Bohanna, but Simmons has not been charged at this time.

Later in Tuesday’s court proceeding, Hawkins took the stand to defend himself. 

Hawkins said he and Simmons had gotten into an argument earlier in the week of the incident. When he arrived at Journey’s End on the night of the incident, he was told that Simmons had come there looking for him. Later in the night, Hawkins said he looked out the window of the bar, saw Simmons holding a gun and went outside in hopes of preventing anyone else from being shot. However, Hawkins said when he stepped outside, Simmons raised the gun at him, and Hawkins, then, shot first. Simmons returned fire and may have struck Bohanna, Hawkins said.

After the incident, Hawkins said he ran home and dumped his gun in a trash can. When asked if he was concerned about a child finding a loaded weapon in a trash can, Hawkins said he was more concerned about his friend being killed and that he knew the garbage was to be picked up the next day.

The jury was deliberating Tuesday afternoon.

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