UPDATE: Dover man pleads guilty to assault and gun charges

James Wheeler, 25, of Dover

A Dover man has been sentenced for his involvement in a 2015 shooting, at a Dover shopping center.

On Tuesday, James Wheeler pleaded guilty to first degree assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

According to the Department of Justice,  James Wheeler was sentenced to 25 years in prison, suspended after 2 years which is the minimum mandatory sentence. Following, Wheeler is also required to complete six months of Level IV confinement or work release, and an 18 month sentence of Level III probation.

As for the firearm charges, Wheeler was sentenced to 25 years in prison, suspended after 3 years, which is also the minimum mandatory sentence.

The sentencing stems from an shooting that happened in January of 2015, at the North Dover Plaza Shopping Center. James Wheeler, who was 25-years-old at the time, was charged with shooting a 44-year-old man. Wheeler wasn’t immediately arrested for the crime, but was later taken into custody for his alleged involvement in a second shooting. 

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