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Huntington man found guilty in shooting case

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington man was convicted Thursday of shooting a man in an apartment in the 800 block of 10th Avenue last July.

Phillip G. Johnson, 28, was found guilty of wanton endangerment, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm by a jury who deliberated the case for about four hours Friday evening.

He was charged with shooting Kyle Gibbs, also of Huntington, on July 31, 2012, at a residence in the 800 block of 10th Avenue. Gibbs survived the shooting.

That incident led to a two-hour standoff with police later that day at an apartment in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue.

Prior to that incident, Johnson had been convicted of felony wanton endangerment in 2004, meaning it was illegal for him to possess a firearm at the time of the 2012 shooting.

On Friday, Johnson's attorney, John Laishley, said the case was a tough one.

"Obviously, the jury struggled with this case," said Laishley. "It was difficult for everybody, but everyone on both sides of the case worked very hard."

Sentencing for Johnson will take place next week, but Assistant Cabell County Prosecutor Lauren Plymale said she plans to see recidivist action against Philips based on his previous felony convictions.

"We worked hard on this case, and we felt like we had a good case from the beginning," said Plymale.

She noted that witnesses who were willing to come forward and testify made a huge difference in the case.