MERCER – President Judge Robert G. Yeatts sentenced a New Castle man Wednesday to 20 to 40 years in prison for the January shooting of his wife in Sharon.

Trivaris Kemonta Dorsey, 31, pleaded no contest Sept. 10 to attempted murder in the first degree, and guilty to robbery and person not to possess a firearm in connection with the shooting Jan. 27 on Stambaugh Avenue.

“I’m sorry to the victim,” Dorsey said. “I’m going to find a way to give back to the community.”

Yeatts said in preparing the sentence, he took into consideration the great impact the shooting had on the victim and the community.

According to a criminal complaint, police were sent at 8:46 a.m. Jan. 27 to a home in the 700 block of Stambaugh Avenue for a reported shooting.

When patrolmen arrived, they found that the woman had been shot multiple times.

The woman, who was taken to a trauma center, was in stable condition at the time.

The victim told police she was in the bathroom when Dorsey threatened to shoot her if she didn’t “shut up.”

She told police that Dorsey shot her three times in the chest after she replied, police said.

Police obtained a search warrant later that day and found blood at the top of a staircase to the second floor and on the bathroom vanity.

Dorsey fled to North Carolina, where he was arrested Feb. 26 by U.S. Marshals.

He has been lodged in Mercer County Jail since then.

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Melissa has been a news reporter for The Herald since 2013, covering breaking news, northern Mercer County, Sharon City schools and education. She is a 1992 graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.