Shan Mehaffie
Shan Mehaffie

A Manchester Township man was ordered to spend at least two decades in prison for shooting his baby's mother in the jaw during an argument last summer.

Shan William Mehaffie, 24, of Heidelberg Avenue, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 21 to 42 years in state prison. He was given credit for the nearly nine months he's already served.

In February, Mehaffie pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and carrying a firearm without a license.

There was no negotiated plea agreement, public defender Ron Jackson Jr. said, meaning it was up to Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn to determine Mehaffie's punishment.

Jackson said he plans to appeal the case, as well as file a post-sentence motion asking Renn to reconsider the lengthy prison sentence.

Senior deputy prosecutor Lishani Sunday did not return a phone message seeking comment.

The shooting: York City Police said Mehaffie and Alejandra Vazquez were arguing on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Union Street about 1 a.m. Aug. 3 when he pulled out a .22-caliber handgun, pointed it at her head and fired twice.

Vazquez turned away as Mehaffie was firing, and one round struck her near the jaw, police said. She was treated and released from York Hospital, a hospital spokesman said at the time.

Mehaffie fled the shooting scene in a car before officers arrived, but was tracked down and captured a short time later in the 600 block of Albright Avenue, near the city border with North York, according to police, who also recovered Mehaffie's gun.

The search for Mehaffie centered on North George Street near the Codorus Creek, and city police were assisted by officers from Northern York County Regional Police, West Manchester Township Police and a K-9 unit from Springettsbury Township Police.

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