A grand jury on Monday returned a felony indictment against a Heathcliff Drive man and referred several misdemeanor charges against him back to Madison District Court.

Whitney Wayne Willis, 25, was indicted on two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree criminal mischief in connection with an Oct. 18 incident.

Misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault, harassing communications and third-degree terroristic threatening were all referred back to district court for further proceedings.

All the charges stem from Willis allegedly becoming involved in an altercation at a party with a woman who lived in the 100 block of S. Killarney Lane.

Willis is accused of going to the woman’s apartment around 4 a.m. Oct. 18 and firing a shotgun at the building.

Police were called to the scene and found the front window of the home was shattered, Richmond police said after Willis’ arrest.

The wanton endangerment charges stem from the woman’s mother and 6-year-old daughter being asleep inside the home when the shooting took place.

The misdemeanor charges came from the same altercation, and court dates for those charges have not been scheduled.

Willis is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charges in Madison Circuit Court on Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

If convicted, Willis could receive sentences of up to five years in prison on each of the felony charges.

Forged bills

A Georgia man was indicted Monday on five counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly having $500 in counterfeit money.

Charles Demetrius Simmons, 45, was arrested Oct. 6 outside Walmart on the Eastern Bypass after allegedly attempting to use four counterfeit $100 bills to purchase a laptop computer.

At a November preliminary hearing in district court, Garry Murphy, the Richmond Police Department officer who arrested Simmons, testified that employees at the store refused to accept the bills because the security features on the bills were from a $5 bill, and all the bills had the same serial number.

Murphy found a fifth bill in Simmons’ pocket while searching him after his arrest. Simmons had attempted to flee the store after the transaction was refused.

If convicted, Simmons could receive five to 10 years in prison on each of the five counts for a maximum of 50 years.

Arraignment is set for Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m.

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.

Brian Smith may be reached at bsmith@

richmondregister.com or at 624-6694.

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