MAYVILLE – The Jamestown man found guilty earlier this year in the shooting death of another city man will spend 20 years to live in prison.
The Post-Journal is reporting 54-year-old David Waggoner was sentenced Monday in County Court. The sentence comes after a Jury found him guilty of 2nd degree murder in March.
In July 2018, Waggoner was charged for shooting 30-year-old William Michishima outside of Waggoner’s residence on Livingston Ave. The incident took place following a dispute over a stolen motorcycle. Michishima died later in an Erie hospital.
During the trial, Waggoner’s attorney, public defender Ned Barone, didn’t deny Waggoner was involved in the shooting but instead used the argument that he was acting in self defense.
Waggoner could have received sentences in the range of 15 to life and 25 to life. Prior to his sentencing , Barone read a prepared statement from Waggoner that depicted himself remorseful and apologetic, but maintained that his actions were the result of him entering “survival mode.”
Barone cited Waggoner’s commitment to his job, family, and lack of previous criminal convictions as reasons why he wasn’t given the maximum sentence.
Lynn Whalen says
This is bullshit…. David wagoner is a great man. He should have never been charged with this. In fact I was one to witness on multiple occasions billy the kid harassing David. But not only David he took it farther and started harassing his woman Kimberly and their grandkids. That morning Billy got shot it was Billy’s fault he had no buisness coming to David and Kim’s house and trying to brake in. After threatening David that he was going to indulge in sexual acts with kim Infront on him and David stated Billy just stop go home and Billy kept proceeding to the point of trespassing and trying to brake in at that point David had to do what any man would do and protect his kin. I knew David and Kim they are both great people who would give the shirts off their back to help or protect someone. This brakes my heart. Miss you always rags love ya stay strong brother