Couple sentenced in March shooting

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Marshall County couple -- involved in a non-fatal shooting this spring -- was sentenced last week in Circuit Court.

Phillip Owen Grissom, 27, of Bob Hopkins Road, was charged with criminal attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Ralph Fuller, 61, on March 30. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler sentenced Grissom to six years on each of the charges, to be served concurrently. As a "standard" offender, Grissom will serve 30 percent of his sentence, or about 22 months, before being eligible for a parole hearing. He has 142 days jail credit.

Grissom's girlfriend, Sharma Gayle Dunkle, 33, also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, as well as prescription fraud and failure to appear. Crigler sentenced her to a total of seven years at 30 percent, so Dunkle could be out of prison about three months after Grissom.

The pair lived with Fuller in his house on Bob Hopkins Road, according to documents in their case files. Statements they made to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Wayne Wesson indicate that the shooting of Fuller was an accident, resulting from a quarrel and a struggle at the isolated home that night. The "tampering with evidence" charge arose from the fact that the pair hid Grissom's .22-caliber rifle in long grass before leaving the property.

Other guilty pleas accepted and sentences imposed by Crigler last week included:

* Andrew Jason Luna, 40, of Columbia, was placed on probation for nine years, 11 months and 29 days, ordered to pay $2,297 fine and court costs, and required to forfeit all his firearms. Luna was represented by Colombia attorney John S. Colley III. Luna was charged with attempting to initiate the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Luna's guilty plea was made "pursuant to 40-35-313" which means that if he successfully completes his probation, he can apply to have his criminal record expunged.

* Jordan Alexander Rodrigues, 22, of Collier Road, pled guilty to theft, vandalism and three counts of burglary. He was sentenced to serve three years in prison at 30 percent, plus 11 months 29 days in the county jail, as well as three years on probation. Rodrigues was also ordered to pay costs of $572.

* Timothy L. Tucker, 46, of Belfast, pled guilty to driving after being declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender and to leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was sentenced to one year and six months at 30 percent, plus 30 days in jail.

* Jabari Jahina Fareed, 37, of Decatur, Ga. pled guilty to use of a recorded device and in introduction of contraband into a penal institution. He was sentenced to a total of four years and six months at 30 percent.