Washington state man sentenced to 20 years for shooting wife

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for shooting his wife in the legs during an argument. The Kitsap Sun reported Melvin Antonio Xavier III pleaded guilty in May to second-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, harassment and fourth-degree assault. Xavier also pleaded guilty to witness tampering and violation of a court order for asking his wife to recant her story. A Kitsap County Superior Court judge sentenced him July 7 to serve 236 months of incarceration. Xavier says he fell victim to methamphetamine after four years of sobriety.