Caldwell Pleads No Contest in Shooting - - ABC13

Caldwell Pleads No Contest in Shooting

Dennis Caldwell Dennis Caldwell

Bedford Co., VA - A Bedford County man pleaded no contest Wednesday for shooting his brother and nephew.

In court, a judge found Dennis Caldwell, 56, guilty of two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two firearm charges.

Investigators say the shooting lead to one of the area's biggest standoffs in 15 years.  Now, Caldwell is facing 48 years behind bars.

The neighboring families have had long-running disputes. But, investigators say a fight over loud music is what led to the shooting. Caldwell's nephew Michael confronted him about his music then Caldwell shot him and his brother Glenn multiple times.

Caldwell then barricaded himself in his house, and set it on fire.

Prosecutors say Caldwell's plea could play a factor in reducing his sentence.

While awaiting sentencing, Caldwell's attorneys want him to undergo a mental evaluation.

"His behavior was very intense. We want to have an expert to make sure that if Caldwell needs any treatment or needs anything special for him because of his mental state that we know about it," said Andrew Childress, the defense attorney.

"I think that the public safety community and the citizens of the community are simply tired of people resorting to firearms and inflicting tragic injuries. And, that what this case is a tragedy especially when it occurs between family members," said Randy Krantz, the Commonwealth's attorney.

The Commonwealth's attorney says the shooting left both victims permanently injured.

Caldwell is scheduled to be sentenced October 19.

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