Man, 27 pleads in shooting

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By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster man charged with shooting his grandmother in the head the day after Christmas 2007 pleaded guilty in court last week.

Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 27, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill.

Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Aldridge to 12 years in prison, but suspended the sentence to seven years in prison, followed by five years probation, Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Trey Cook said. The plea was heard during a court term in Chester last week.

He shot his grandmother, Barbara Scheithauer, who was 64 at the time, with her .25-caliber pistol.

Aldridge was staying with his grandmother at the time of the shooting and had a dispute with her before the shooting, according to authorities. He called 911 to report the shooting.

Scheithauer recovered from the shooting.

Aldridge had been in jail at the Lancaster County Detention Center since his arrest.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151