A man who burst into a family’s home on Winton Street in March has been given the option of serving a year in jail or reporting to a mental health facility.
Ryan Malone, 36, was given the choice in General Sessions Court.
Judge Bill Locke ordered Malone to either report to a mental health hospital by June 8, or report to Warren County Jail to begin serving an 11-month, 29-day sentence. Malone was in court to answer to charges of aggravated burglary and assault.
The incident which led to Malone’s arrest happened in March when he pulled an 83-year-old off his own front porch and dragged him into his living room, an act which terrified his family members.
According to the McMinnville Police Department report, Royl Cravens, 83, was sitting on his front porch when he was approached by Malone, a man he does not know. Malone was reportedly rambling about “bizarre events” when he grabbed Cravens by the arm and forcefully led him inside the home.
Cravens’ daughter, Fredia Coldwell, was inside.
“Our glass door was jerked open and a man was dragging my dad in the house,” said Coldwell. “My dad was fighting, trying to get loose. I was shocked and jumped up, yelling for James.”