Man gets five years in West Side shooting
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Side man will spend at least five years in prison for shooting another man to death in September.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman sentenced Donald Troy "Bub" Raines to five years in prison on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jerry Baldwin.
Baldwin allegedly drove to Raines' home on 414 Mary St. and threatened to kill him. Sometime during the argument, Raines retreated into the house to grab his 9mm pistol. When he returned to the front porch, he leaned over the railing and shot Baldwin several times.
"This is not a situation where the defendant was justified in producing a deadly weapon," assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein said during Friday's sentencing. "He has acknowledged intentionally killing someone without just cause."
Raines has said that he was in fear for his life when he shot Baldwin, who was unarmed. Baldwin, Raines' lawyers argued, had a violent criminal history.
"I know you made a mistake, but he really is a good person" Jamie Lee Shenault, a relative of Raines, said during the hearing, first addressing Raines personally and then the judge. "I do believe he was in fear for his life."
"You took a special man," Dana Kaufman, the mother of Baldwin's children, told Raines.
Raines' lawyer, Richard Holicker, called psychologist Timothy Saar to the stand. Saar testified that Raines suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, probably caused by an incident in 1995, when a group of men entered Raines' home and beat him nearly to death.
On cross-examination, Saar admitted that he based his evaluation on anecdotes about the 1995 attack and did not review a police report connected to the incident. He also said that shooting Baldwin could have caused the post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
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