A shooting victim’s refusal to testify or cooperate with police led to charges against a Waynesboro man being dropped Friday.
Police searched for more than a year for Kevin Devon Wilson after a shooting at 260 N. Commerce Ave. in April 2010.
They spotted him in April of this year, chased his car until he crashed into a vacant house and unsuccessfully pursued him in the woods near the South River.
Days later, Wilson, 27, turned himself in to authorities and was jailed.
But he’ll soon walk free again.
A judge found him guilty of misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and misdemeanor eluding police. He was fined $150 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, with credit for time served.
Felony charges of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon and destruction of property were dismissed.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Ledbetter said a felony eluding charge was reduced to a misdemeanor because Wilson did not endanger lives during his escape attempt. He reached speeds of about 40 mph and drove through one stop sign, authorities said.
Of the other charges, the prosecutor said: “The victim would not cooperate … completely, entirely refused to cooperate or testify.”
That victim was Arthur Thomas Allen, who suffered a gunshot wound to the foot, police said.
He is jailed on charges of his own in a shooting that occurred about three weeks after he was the victim. Allen fired at a car with women and children inside at a 7-Eleven in Fishersville, Augusta County detectives said.
Like Wilson, Allen initially evaded police, too, but was later caught in Phoenix after he jumped from the third-story window of a building, authorities said.
He awaits a July trial on attempted murder, shooting and firearms charges.