FLINT, MI – A Flint man accused in an October 2020 shooting in the parking lot of the Flint Township Home Depot store that left one person critically injured has pleaded guilty.

Chancy S. McGowan appeared before Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Latchana Wednesday, May 4, and pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and felony firearms, according to online court records.

In exchange for McGowan’s plea, Genesee County prosecutors negotiated sentencing terms, recommending a 36-month probationary term for the first charge that would be served concurrently to the mandatory 2-year prison sentence that comes with a felony firearm conviction.

The agreement, called a Killebrew plea, allows McGowan to enter a conditional guilty plea, which he can withdraw if the judge’s eventual sentence falls outside the sentencing terms negotiated by the prosecutor and defense counsel.

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Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton previously said the shooting that landed McGowan behind bars was the result of an ongoing feud. McGowan had been a roommate of the victim and was dating the man’s sister, authorities said previously.

“This was not a random act involving an innocent bystander or customer of Home Depot,” Leyton said at the time. “The feud between the victim and the shooter had been ongoing for some time and, unfortunately, it spilled over into a very public place and in a very violent manner.”

An altercation between McGowan and the victim led to the victim’s door being kicked in, officials said. When he and his family went to Home Depot to find a new door, McGowan met them there.

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The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020, in the parking lot of the Home Depot off Corunna Road.

Police say McGowan, of Flint, exited his car to confront the 20-year-old victim who was sitting in another vehicle in the parking lot.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot once in the leg. He was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint for additional treatment of the gunshot wound.

Prosecutors initially charged McGowan with assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, tampering with evidence, and carrying a concealed weapon.

However, those charges were dropped and newer charges were refiled against McGowan in July 2021, which included assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, tampering with evidence in a criminal case punishable by fewer than 10 years, and carrying a concealed weapon.

McGowan was bound over to Genesee County Circuit Court in October 2021 on the assault with intent to murder and felony firearm charges, but the other charges were dismissed.

Prosecutors amended the assault with intent to murder charge to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in their plea agreement.

McGowan is scheduled to appear before Latchana at 9 a.m. July 11 for sentencing.

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