A man accused of shooting a camping companion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord was sentenced Tuesday to three months behind bars.
Richard Allen Davis, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, after which Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener sentenced him.
The man who was shot survived and told the court he’s needed physical therapy since the shooting.
Charging papers give this account of the shooting:
The camping group was drinking alcohol during the April 2 trip to a training area of the base, and a boyfriend and girlfriend started arguing.
The girlfriend screamed for Davis to keep her boyfriend away from her. Davis asked what happened, and the boyfriend started walking toward him.
Davis said he told the man he’d shoot if he didn’t stop, and when the man got within five to 15 feet, Davis fired, wounding the man.
Loved ones wrote the court that Davis had worked hard to be a good father to his newborn daughter, including having a job and a place to live.
“Sometimes he doesn’t make the best choices in life, but he is trying to learn from his mistakes,” his mother, Melody Cuevas, wrote. “His goal when he gets out is to just work and take care of his daughter.”