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Violation lands man 11 years

Becky Campbell • Mar 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

A Johnson City man facing an attempted first-degree murder charge in a shooting last month was ordered Tuesday to serve an unrelated 11-year prison sentence because of the new charge.

Eric S. Sayers, 31, 1306 E. Myrtle St., had been on parole when two men accused him of shooting at their vehicle Feb. 28. Sayers was in Washington County Criminal Court Tuesday on a revocation hearing.

He pleaded guilty to the parole violation, and Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ordered him to serve 11 years on the three previous convictions.

Sayers pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal simulation, identity theft and theft over $1,000. He also has previous convictions for assault and vandalism.

The incident that led to his current charge happened around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 near the intersection of Whitney Street and Wilson Avenue.

Two men, Leslie Brewer and Tyrone Taylor, told police they were sitting in their car when a vehicle they didn’t recognize came toward them. One of the men in the car shot at them, the men told police.

According to a police report, the victim’s car had three bullet holes in it — two in the windshield and one in the driver’s door.

The victims drove off and called 911. A description of the men and the car they were in was given to patrol officers. A few moments later a car matching that description was found parked on Lamont Street. Police asked around and were told that two men left the car and went behind 217 Lamont for a minute, then walked away.

Police searched behind the house and found a revolver with three spent shell casings in the cylinder hidden underneath the basement door, according to an affidavit of complaint.

Sayers is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the attempted first-degree murder charge Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.

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