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WB shooting victim sentenced on gun charge

June 25. 2013 12:03AM

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WILKES-BARRE — A man who suffered a gunshot would in September was sentenced Monday to 18 months probation on a charge of carrying the gun illegally.

Christian Sholly, 20, with a last known address of Hutson Street, was sentenced on a charge of possession of a firearm not to be carried without a license by Judge David Lupas.

City police say Sholly suffered a gunshot would to the chest inside 86 Hutson St. on Sept. 10. His half-brother, Tony Ransome, 15, was charged in Luzerne County juvenile court with the shooting.

Sholly pleaded guilty to the charge in May. He was represented by attorney John Pike.

Police say Sholly had been carrying the .22-caliber gun that he placed on a dresser in a bedroom. He was in a bedroom with a 16-year-old girl and Ransome playing video games after the three smoked marijuana on the front porch of the Hutson Street home.

The girl testified at Ransome’s juvenile hearing in October that Ransome picked the gun up and aimed it at her and Sholly.

Sholly told Ransome to put the gun down, she testified, and that Sholly followed Ransome out into a hallway. That’s when, she testified, Ransome shot Sholly.

Police said the gun was reported stolen during an Aug. 1 burglary at a house on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley had determined that Ransome was responsible for his brother’s wound, and she ruled he was a juvenile delinquent on charges of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, after a 3-1/2 hour hearing on Thursday. The outcome of his disposition hearing, similar to a sentencing in adult court, is unknown.

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