Two Revloc men have entered pleas in Cambria County Court in the November 2005 shooting and stabbing of a Johnstown man over drugs and money.

On Tuesday, Michael A. Viveros, 21, pleaded no contest to aggravated assault in the attack and guilty to robbery. Both are felony offenses. His plea came just as jury selection was scheduled to get under way.

A week ago, Scott Michael Shilling, also 21, the alleged shooter, pleaded guilty to attempted homicide. He had agreed to testify for prosecutors against Viveros if he went to trial.

The victim, Joseph Jamison, now 24, was shot four times and stabbed three times. As a result of his wounds, he lost his left eye and part of his brain was removed, said Paula Jamison, his mother. He had to re-learn to walk and talk through rehabilitation at the Crichton Rehabilitation Center.

After the attack, the wounded and bleeding Jamison was able to get to a nearby tavern – The Around the Corner Bar along Chandler Avenue – to get help.

“All I could do was think of playing dead (initially) and then get to the bar,” he said.

Despite having en-dured multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Jamison remains upbeat.

“In a way, I’m glad it happened,” he told news reporters. “I’ve learned a lesson. No more drugs. Drugs are bad. I never would have thought something like this could happen (because of drugs). I’d still be doing drugs if this had not happened.”

Although Jamison did not go into detail, Sgt. Thomas Owens, a city detective said that Shilling, in a confession to the police, admitted that “they had gone there to purchase crack cocaine, and things got out of hand.”

The gun reportedly was supplied by Viveros, Owens said. Although the handgun was not recovered, police found the knife and spent .22-caliber casings at Jamison’s house, the detective said.

Because police were unable to make any immediate arrests, Jamison had been admitted to Memorial Medical Center under a fictitious name for his protection, Owens said.

Judge Norman Krumenacker is to sentence both men Dec. 27.

Prosecutors recommended a sentence of five to 10 years for Shilling and three to six years, followed by four years of probation, for Viveros.

District Attorney Patrick Kiniry said that the incident “shows how violent the drug world is.”

Kiniry credited Jamison for his compassion in dealing with the defendants despite their violence toward him.

“This young man was close to death and miraculously lived, much to the surprise of the medical people who worked on him,” Kiniry said. “Although he almost lost his life, in the end, it saved his life.” 

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