A Richmond man who fired a gun into his apartment door and into the door of a nearby apartment pleaded guilty Wednesday in Madison District Court.

Blake A. Hymer, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, which were amended from first-degree in exchange for his guilty plea.

Judge Brandy O. Brown imposed a sentence of 180 days in jail, which were conditionally discharged for two years. He also must pay court costs of $183.

Hymer was arrested Oct. 25 after accidentally discharging a .257-caliber rifle through the front door of his residence.

Police were called at about 2:13 a.m. to 410 Jason Drive to investigate a report of shots being fired. When they arrived, officers talked to two residents who said they were sitting in the front room of their apartment when a bullet struck their front door.

The residents were sitting “not far from where the bullet struck,” said a press release from Sgt. Willard Reardon, public affairs officer for the Richmond Police Department.

There were several bullets holes in the door, the press release said.

As officers continued to investigate, they discovered that the apartment directly across the breezeway also had holes in its door.

The apartment belonged to Hymer, who told police he was playing with the rifle when it accidentally discharged.

“Officers found that the occupants of the apartment across the breezeway from Hymer heard the gunshot and upon checking their front door, found small holes in the door as well as the wall area and ceiling surrounding the door,” the press release said.

Although there was several holes, only one bullet was fired from the weapon, said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

“Apparently the round splintered apart and the shrapnel made numerous holes,” Brock explained.

Officers recovered the gun from the residence and found that it still was loaded.

Lorie Love can be reached at llove@richmondregister.com or 624-6690.

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