A man was given 90 days in jail for lying to lawmen about a gunfight that never happened.
The man, Roger Dale Newby, 63, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of making a false report and vandalism. He was ordered to serve 90 days of a three-year sentence, make restitution and undergo a mental health evaluation. He has completed his jail time already.
His sentence comes after he reported to the sheriff’s department that someone tried to steal a Chevy truck belonging to his stepson on Davis Road. Newby claimed he went after the thieves.
“He said he went out to confront these persons armed with a 9mm pistol and that they got the truck stuck in a ditch,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland. “When the person exited the truck they began shooting at him and he was grazed by bullets on his neck and leg.”
Newby told lawmen he returned fire and hit one of the thieves, but the man was able to escape in a red car.
However, a closer look at the scene made investigators doubt Newby was being factual.
“It was determined the crime was staged by Mr. Newby and it did not take place as he reported,” Rowland said. “The wounds described by Mr. Newby are not graze wounds from bullets.”
The investigator pointed to a piece of clothing Mr. Newby was wearing, noting the hoodie in question had been tampered with. Lawmen never revealed why Newby made up the gunfight story.