LOWER TOWNSHIP — A man who shot a Whitesboro woman aboard a fishing vessel docked at Lund’s Fisheries in October 2015 has been convicted of attempted murder, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor said.

Ernest P. Davis, 44, also was convicted of possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and hindering his own prosecution following a one-week trial in Cape May County Superior Court, Taylor said.

On Oct. 3, 2015, Davis shot Doris Howell, 39, with a shotgun while aboard the fishing vessel “Storm,” which was docked in Lower Township. As a result of the shooting, Howell’s left foot and part of her calf were amputated, Taylor said.

An investigation of the shooting was conducted by members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, and the Lower Township Police Department.

Superior Court Judge John C. Porto presided over the case and has scheduled sentencing for Aug. 18. Taylor said due to the charges and Davis’s criminal history, he faces a maximum of life imprisonment with an 85 percent parole disqualifier.

Taylor commended all of the law-enforcement agencies who investigated the crime and the assistant prosecutor who prosecuted this case resulting in the conviction.

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