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Man convicted to serve in state prison

By Staff | Jan 18, 2017

HUGHESVILLE – James E. Nottingham, 51, of 297 Peavine Hollow Road, Wolf Township, will serve five to 10 years in state prison for just one of the charges he received for an incident that began when he came home intoxicated around 2 a.m. in July of 2015.

Nottingham was convicted of a single count of persons not to possess a firearm following a jury trial in court presided by Judge Richard A. Gray.

The single charge was severed for a separate trial in where all remaining charges including felonies of aggravated assault, unlawful restraint including serious bodily injury and endangering the welfare of children remain pending, according to court documents.

According to a state police affidavit, Nottingham got to his rifle early that morning and started terrorizing his girlfriend, Janett Joann Smith, and three members of her family.

Smith’s then 14-year-old daughter and two cousins, ages 14 and 19 at the time, also were in the home.

Before Nottingham started firing rounds from the rifle, Smith’s 14-year-old male cousin tried to stop him after he had shoved Smith to the floor and punched the teenager multiple times in the head, police said.

Nottingham then said, “Let’s have some fun,” and started firing the rifle out of the kitchen door into the woods.

He turned around and pointed the rifle at Smith and asked her multiple times, “Do you want to die?” police said.

Nottingham loaded more cartridges in the rifle and shot twice at a wall near Smith and another time at the floor directly in front of her.

Gray handed down the state sentence in county court this week.