Ernest P. Davis

Ernest P. Davis

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A Lower Township man was sentenced to 38 years in prison Thursday in the 2015 attempted murder of a woman on a boat, according to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ernest P. Davis was convicted in June of attempted murder and aggravated assault of 39-year-old Dorris Howell, of Middle Township’s Whitesboro section. Davis also was convicted of possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and hindering his own prosecution, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Davis shot Howell with a shotgun on the fishing vessel Storm on Oct. 3, 2015. The boat was docked at Lund’s Fisheries in Lower Township. Howell’s left foot and part of her calf were amputated as a result of the shooting.

Judge John Porto sentenced Davis to 38 years in state prison as well as nine years for unlawful possession of a weapon and four years for hindering his prosecution. The latter sentences will run concurrent to the attempted-murder sentence.

Davis must serve 85 percent of the 38-year sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to the release.

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