MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A 20-year-old Yeadon man was sentenced to four to ten years in a state prison last week after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license in a January shooting.
Michael Chambers, of the 500 block of Holly Road, was initially charged with attempted murder in the shooting that took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. Jan. 21 in the 1100 block of Angora Drive in Yeadon.
Police said in announcing a warrant for his arrest that Chambers exited the front passenger seat of a brown Nissan and approached the victim, who was walking on the street. Chambers pulled out a black .40-caliber handgun and demanded money from the victim, then shot the man in the back as he attempted to flee.
Chambers, who has been in custody since April 15, had no comment about the shooting during the hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Cappelli, but did tell the judge he had wanted to become a police officer before “following behind the wrong crowd.”
Cappelli suggested Chambers use his time in prison to earn a high school equivalency diploma and figure out what he wants his life to be upon release.
“Now might be a good time to decide where you want to be in your life, what you want to do with your life,” the judge said. “You’ve got to make those decisions. That’s kinda the goal now.”
Under the negotiated plea worked out by Assistant District Attorney Michael Mattson and defense counsel Tom Dreyer, Chambers will also serve five years of consecutive state probation and provide a DNA sample to state police. He is not eligible for early release due to good time and can have no contact with the victim or witnesses.