'I shot him in the face. I take full responsibility,' man tells judge during sentencing

Richard Dangott appears in Kanawha Circuit Court Friday for his sentencing. (WCHS/WVAH)

Two people were sentenced Friday morning for their parts in a drug-related robbery where a man was shot in the face last winter in a Charleston West Side Hill neighborhood.

Richard Dangott shot Billy Fields in the face and shoulder in late January near Walnut and Red Oak streets. The ex-convict ended up pleading guilty to malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in a felony and faced up to 20 years in prison. His apology to the victim did not impress Judge Duke Bloom.

“The drug addict committed this crime you know, and Richard Dangott has to do this prison sentence so it's kind of a little bit hard,” Dangott said.

“So, you're not really taking any responsibility?” Bloom said.

“No, no!” Dangott responded.

“Someone else did this, the guy that was on drugs did this, not you?” the judge said.

“As a matter of fact, I just did four years, seven months straight in the penitentiary,” Dangott said. “I got out and in four months. I shot him in the face. I take the full responsibility. I'm in the wrong fully.”

The judge ordered his two-to-10-year sentence for malicious wounding and 10- year term for use of a firearm in a felony to run consecutively and added 10 days for contempt when Dangott complained Bloom interrupted his father when he testified.

Meanwhile, co-defendant Sarah Marie Taylor said the robbery would never have happened if she had not gotten the trio together to buy drugs. The 32-year-old woman asked for drug rehabilitation but got a four-year prison sentence as an accessory after the fact.

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