Man charged with attempted second-degree murder gets 10-year probation

John Thompson • Jul 22, 2019 at 11:09 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was facing a charge of attempted second degree murder was sentenced to probation on Monday after pleading guilty in Carter Costs Criminal Court to the lesser charge of aggravated assault.

In addition, Jeromey Drake Sandlin, 33, pleaded guilty to several other charges, including another charge of aggravated assault, for which Judge Lisa Rice sentenced him to four additional years of probation. Rice made that sentence consecutive to the six years’ probation, giving Sandlin a total 10 years probation.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Dec. 18, 2017, at 2604 Highway 91. According to witnesses, Sandlin fired several shots from a Ruger SR22 pistol at a woman while she was sitting in a chair in the living room.

Deputies reported finding four spent shell casings lying in the floor of the living room and two bullet holes in the floor. Witnesses told investigators that Sandlin also used his fist to strike the woman in the face multiple times.

Sandlin also pleaded guilty on a charge of assault, bodily injury. He was sentenced to 11 month and 29 days probation, to be served concurrently with the aggravated assault charge. He had also been charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, for which he pleaded guilty on the lesser charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on that charge, to be served concurrently with the aggravated assault sentence.

Sandlin had also been charged with failure to appear on a felony charge. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 120 days. He was given credit for time served in pretrial confinement, which was enough to cover the sentence.

As part of the plea agreement, Rice dismissed charges of domestic assault and aggravated assault (fear).

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