Sullivan man who shot at another's head is sentenced
A Sullivan man who police say shot a Sullivan man in the head and who led officers on a two-county manhunt has been officially sentenced in the case.
Ryan Wilson, 31, pleaded guilty in Sullivan Circuit Court on May 10 to a Level 6 felony count of pointing a firearm.
He was sentenced to 30 months in jail with 16 months suspended and credit for 199 actual days served and 199 days credit, along 16 months probation.
As part of his plea deal, the following charges were dropped: battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness, both Level 5 felonies; and battery, a Class B misdemeanor.
The incident in question occurred on Oct. 24, when Wilson’s ex-girlfriend called Sullivan Count 911 Dispatch that Wilson had shot the victim in the head and that they were en route to Sullivan County Community Hospital, according to an incident report from Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jake Fischer.
When Fischer spoke with the ex-girlfriend, she informed him that she and the victim were lying on the floor at her CR 350E residence near Sullivan, while another male friend was on the couch.
The ex-girlfriend “stated that, at this time, Wilson entered the rear door of her residence and walked into the living room, kicking (the victim) in the face” and “explained that (the victim) then stood up and began arguing with Wilson,” Fischer states.
He adds that Wilson reportedly told the victim to leave, but the victim refused.
“According to (the ex-girlfriend), Wilson drew his gun and shot (the victim) in the head,” Fischer adds.
She continued that Wilson fled the residence after firing, and the other male friend took the victim to the hospital.
The male friend told Fischer a similar story, but said “he could see a handgun in Wilson’s right hand down at his right side from the moment that Wilson walked in the residence.”
The male friend also claimed Wilson threatened him when he fled.
Following the incident, the SCSD requested Wilson’s cellphone company “ping” his phone to find a possible last location, which led them to Greene County.
After several hours searching, Fischer notes, Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom was able to make contact with Wilson via cellphone and got him to agree to come to the SCSD office for an interview.
During that interview, Wilson told police that, following his break-up with the woman, he had not been served eviction papers and believed he was still a resident.
When he walked in, he asked the two men to leave but added the victim “stood up and began swinging at him,” Fischer notes.
“Wilson stated he then pulled his handgun on (the victim and) that he then went to punch (the victim) back with the bottom on his firearm magazine (butt of the firearm),” the deputy continues. “Wilson stated that when he ‘pistol whipped’ (the victim), the firearm went off one time.”