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Hatchet threat man gets plea deal
Justin Lee Pendergraph entered a best-interest plea to charges of aggravated assault.
A man who threatened a Newtown store owner with a hatchet and then tried to run over an employee has been released on time-served and warned never to return to the convenience store.The man, Justin Lee Pendergraph, 36, entered a best-interest plea to charges of aggravated assault and was directed to serve 31 days of a five-year sentence for the felony offenses. As part of the plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley admonished him to stay away from the businesses on Nashville Highway and to have no contact with any of its employees. He was also directed to complete anger management classes.He was arrested last summer after he tried to steal two beers at Hina’s Food Market located on Nashville Highway in Newtown.“He was observed by the victim, concealing two, 24-ounce Bud Ice beers inside the front pockets of his hoodie,” said McMinnville police detective Stuart Whitman of what triggered Pendergraph’s trouble with the law.