3/9/2012 - Melfa man convicted in shooting

By Connie Morrison

Anthony Lee Wise, of Melfa, was convicted in Accomack County Circuit Court for a July 22 shooting of Secric Dennis that left Mr. Dennis with five gunshot wounds. Mr. Wise was found guilty of malicious shooting and use of a firearm in a felony.

According to witnesses, Mr. Dennis was with friends in a parked vehicle in the early hours of July 22, when Mr. Wise approached and a verbal exchange ensued regarding marijuana that Mr. Wise believed was taken from him the previous afternoon. The altercation escalated, and Wise fired shots into the vehicle. Mr. Dennis survived the shooting, and was transported to Riverside Hospital for treatment. The defense was not able to gain traction with its contention that Mr. Wise was acting in self-defense and without malice.

Mr. Wise remains in jail awaiting sentencing.

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