Johnson City man pleads guilty in South Roan gas station gun case

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 11, 2020 at 7:47 PM

A Johnson City man who led police on a chase after pointing a gun at a gas station customer in May pleaded guilty Tuesday, earning a 10-year prison sentence, according to a news release from the 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

Gavin Colin Muse, 20, 714 Barton St., was found guilty in Washington County Criminal Court of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, animal cruelty and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

On May 27, Johnson City police responded to a call from the Sunoco at 1001 S. Roan St. in regard to a man in an Acura pointing a gun at a patron at the gas pumps. Police found the vehicle, and Muse sped away and ran through stop signs. At one point, Muse stopped, and both police and a bystander saw him toss items into nearby bushes. Muse tried to drive away but was blocked in by officers. After arresting Muse, police checked the items he had tossed away and found a gun and more than 4 grams of cocaine, according to the release.

The animal cruelty count was added by the district attorney general's office after testimony revealed that during the chase, Muse had made an abrupt turn that tossed his dog from his car. The dog landed in the street as Muse continued to flee.

The prosecutor’s release said Muse will be eligible for parole after serving 30% of the final seven years of his sentence. The initial three-year sentence for the firearm count must be served day-for-day at 100%. Muse also was found to have violated his probation for previous convictions of evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, vandalism, violation of an order of protection and possession of marijuana.

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