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Larry Leon Fields

A Dante man was sentenced Monday to nearly two decades in prison for the March 2018 shooting of his former brother-in-law and co-worker.

Larry Leon “Snake” Fields, 69, was convicted in late January of felony murder, reckless handling of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Monday, he received a sentence of 23 years, with five years suspended, according to Wise County Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp.

After 18 years in prison, Fields will serve five years of probation.

Mark Anthony Ward, 48, of Castlewood, was shot March 31, 2018 on a job site behind Dominion’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center near St. Paul.

According to a late January press release from Slemp, security camera footage captured the incident. “Evidence showed that the parties had been horse-playing with one another that afternoon while at work. At some point that day, Fields pulled a loaded .22 revolver firearm from his truck, removed it from the holster, pointed the gun, and pulled the trigger. Fields claimed the shooting was an accident, but admitted that he waived around the firearm and pulled the trigger in an effort to scare the victim. Ward was shot in the forehead just above his right eye. He died at Bristol Regional Medical Center as a result of his injuries.”

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