FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. - A Martinsburg man who allegedly shot at his ex-girlfriend last year on Interstate-81 entered a plea agreement in Frederick County, Va. court Wednesday.
Twenty-seven-year old Ellis Fennel pleaded guilty to malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle and was sentenced three years with all the time suspended.
The victim in the case, who was Fennel's girlfriend at the time, originally reported Fennell shot at her on I-81, but on two separate occasions under oath in court, she denied that Fennell was involved at all.
Sources close to the case said the ex-girlfriend has not been located.
"Despite the fact that we had a witness that we believed was not going to be truthful at trial, we are pleased with the outcome, because it does result in a felony conviction and a period of probation that will be hanging over Mr. Fennell's head," said Ross Spicer, Commonwealth Attorney, Frederick County, Va.
Fennell was initially charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in connection with attempted murder and maliciously shooting into an occupied vehicle, but the Commonwealth dismissed the first two charges due to the plea agreement.