Three trespassers, one of whom officers believed may have fired upon the landowner when he arrived to throw them off his property this summer, have all been sentenced on theft and drug charges.
Among those getting sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley were David Matthew Hill, 32. He was ordered to serve 364 days of a 10-year sentence and pay $2,000 plus costs for grand theft, criminal impersonation, and initiating the process to manufacture meth.
Vanessa Ray Lute, 33, was instructed to serve 180 days of an eight-year sentence and pay $2,000 plus costs for initiating the process to manufacture meth.
Marlin Ray Pinkard, 33, was ordered to serve 180 days of an eight-year sentence and pay $2,000 plus costs for grand theft and initiating the process to manufacture meth.
Their sentences come after they were caught trespassing on property off Lawson Mill Road. Deputies were sent to the location to check out a report of shots being fired.
When deputy Brad Myers arrived around 5 a.m., he found the three sitting around a fire. They were near a 1989 Toyota truck that had become stuck in the mud. The registration came back to being the property of Dr. Stan Martin. The truck had been stolen from the local optometrist. The tag that was on the truck was stolen from Murfreesboro.
It was learned as they were being arrested the three were not happy to see the property owner when he arrived to check out the trespassers.
“When he (the property owner) approached the three, a confrontation started and shots were fired,” Myers noted, adding officers were unable to recover the sawed off shotgun one of the three suspects was wielding. A search followed as lawmen believed the gun used in the shooting was buried somewhere in the deep mud there. A gun was not found and no charges were taken concerning the alleged shooting incident.
Hill was hit with the impersonation charge after he lied to the deputy about his true identity.