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Accused Monessen bar shooter to serve up to 3 years in prison

Rich Cholodofsky
| Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 5:21 p.m.
Tyler Majors, 24, of Monessen is in the Westmoreland County Prison on charges that he shot Jonathan Wheaton inside the Chateau Lounge on Donner Avenue the night of Jan. 27, 2017.
Tyler Majors, 24, of Monessen is in the Westmoreland County Prison on charges that he shot Jonathan Wheaton inside the Chateau Lounge on Donner Avenue the night of Jan. 27, 2017.

A Monessen man charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a patron during a bar fight will serve up to three years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to lesser charges.

Tyler Majors, 24, was charged with the Jan. 27 shooting of Jonathan Wheaton at Chauteau Lounge on Donner Avenue in Monessen. Wheaton was shot once in the abdomen.

In court Tuesday, Majors pleaded guilty to charges of illegal possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment and was ordered by Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Feliciani to serve 18 to 36 months in prison.

Prosecutors dismissed felony counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, the most serious charges.

Assistant District Attorney Jackie Knupp said Wheaton initially told police that Majors shot him but has since recanted and refused to testify at the trial, which was to begin Tuesday.

“It's all on video,” Knupp said. “You see the defendant pulling a gun, but the shooting was off-camera.”

During a hearing in June, Assistant Public Defender Jack Manderino said Majors planned to claim he acted in self-defense when Wheaton was shot.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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