Man Gets Year For Firing Off Gunshots

Circuit Judge David Sims sentenced Julian Green on Monday to one year in prison for firing a gun outside an East Wheeling bar last year after he was denied entrance to the business.

Green, 30, of Bellaire pleaded guilty prior to sentencing to one count of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He entered an Alford-Kennedy plea, in which he refused to admit his guilt but acknowledged there was sufficient evidence to convict him.

According to the terms of a plea agreement, the prosecution and defense recommended Green serve one year in prison. He could have served as many as five. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state also agreed not to seek recidivism action against Green, which his attorney, Gerald Jacovetty, was a major factor in deciding to accept the plea agreement.

With credit for time served, Green will complete his one-year sentence sometime in mid-October.

Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Ghaphery said Green fired a single shot at the entrance of the American Legion at 15th and Jacob streets around 2 a.m. July 14, 2012. The bar’s bouncer had denied Green and another man entrance because Green had caused problems inside the bar in the past, court documents state.

On Monday, the mother of Green’s 13-day-old son sat with the newborn behind Green in the courtroom.

“I made a lot of mistakes and I just want to move on,” Green told the judge. “I got a little son, and as you can see I’m here with these handcuffs on and my son is right there. So I’m going to do the right thing and get out of here. I feel embarrassed right now.”

“I hope when you look into your son’s eyes you decide that you want to live life on the right path and you don’t have to come back in here in orange,” Sims told Green, “because next time around, you could be a gone for a long time.”