Milam enters Alford plea in Norton domestic shooting

Mike Still • Oct 8, 2019 at 6:45 PM

 NORTON — A Norton man convicted Monday of a March 4, 2018 domestic shooting faces up to 43 years in prison.

Wise County and Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III on Monday said that Gregory Ernest Milam, 49, entered an Alford plea admitting that evidence was sufficient to convict him of attempted second-degree murder, malicious wounding, use of a firearm in a felony and discharge of a firearm in an occupied dwelling.

According to the original criminal complaint, Norton police responded to a call of a female gunshot victim at Norton Community Hospital, where they found Leslie Stacy being treated in the emergency room and personnel saying they were calling a medical flight helicopter to transport her.

A police officer recognized a male subject being held at the hospital as Milam, according to the complaint. A search of Milam’s 208 9th St. NW residence found a shotgun, empty shell casing and a pillow covered in what appeared to be blood.

Stacy was flown to a Tennessee hospital for surgery and suffered permanent chest and hand damage, according to the complaint.

Milam’s plea did not involve a plea agreement, Slemp said.

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” Slemp said. “This case is a reminder of the real dangers faced by domestic violence victims. I am so proud of our team and the efforts of law enforcement to make these convictions possible. Moreover, we are all thankful for the swift attention of medical personnel that saved this victim’s life on that horrific morning in 2018. If you are a victim of domestic violence, please reach out to law enforcement or victim advocates for support.”

Sentencing for Milam is set for Dec. 18 at 9:15 a.m. in Wise County Circuit Court. He remains in the custody of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail at Duffield.