CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man will spend five years in prison for shooting two people following a drug deal earlier this year.

Scott Breeden, 20, was sentenced on wanton endangerment and malicious wounding charges Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.


Scott Breeden was sentenced to five years in prison.

The shooting happened near the corner of Sixth and Russell Streets on the city’s West Side back in February. Keith Paul, 43, of St. Albans, and Marsha Nichols, 43, of Elkview were shot inside a parked car.

Paul’s daughter Brianna Paul told the court Thursday her father’s quality of life has been changed forever.

“He can no longer do simple things,” she said. “I had to help him put on his belt this morning — just that was stress. He can’t put on his socks or his shoes without running out of breath or having to take breaks.”

Yasmin Pegram, 19, was also charged in the shooting. Police said Pegram and Breeden fired numerous shots and struck the victims several times.

Brianna Paul said her father is not the man he used to be.

“He feels like he’s a burden upon us and he says it all the time. He cries because he knows that what he once was able to do, he’s not able to,” she said.

The defense asked Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom for a sentence of home confinement, while the prosecution requested the maximum prison time of five years.

Brianna Paul said Breeden deserved more time behind bars.

“For a crime that has taken his whole quality of life away, I don’t see it as being fair for someone to want home confinement,” she told the judge.

Keith Paul was in the courtroom Thursday, but declined to speak.

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