Kingsport woman sentenced in Mace attack on mother-in-law

Jeff Bobo • May 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Kingsport woman who attacked her mother-in-law with Mace earlier this year, which caused the chemicals to get on her four children as well, accepted a plea bargain Monday to avoid felony prosecution.

Priscilla Jean Hinkle, 31, 103 Fairfax Road, Kingsport, was originally charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault and four counts of child endangerment in connection with the March 3 incident.

She was sentenced Monday to 220 days in jail and fined a total of $400 in exchange for guilty pleas on the reduced charges of aggravated criminal trespass, domestic assault, a single count of attempted child neglect and one additional count of telephone harassment that had been filed separately as a private prosecution by her ex-husband.

Hinkle must serve 75 percent of the sentence before she is eligible for early release.

Hinkle was arrested March 3 after reportedly bursting into the home of her ex-mother-in-law Priscilla Flynn on Carters Valley Road in Church Hill. Flynn was taking care of Hinkle’s four children, ages 11 months to 9 years, at the time.

Flynn told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Byrd she was attempting to put her granddaughter to sleep that night when she heard someone knocking on the door.

Flynn stated she told her grandson not to open the door because she knew it was Hinkle.

“Mrs. Hinkle started hitting the door harder and cursing,” Byrd stated in his report. “Hinkle began kicking the door in attempt to gain access to the residence.”

Flynn then called 911, and while she was speaking to a dispatcher Hinkle burst through the door. The door struck her 11-month-old child, who was in Flynn’s arms, causing the child to scream and cry.

“As soon as Hinkle stepped into the residence she sprayed Flynn with chemical spray,” Byrd said. “There were four children in the residence during the altercation, and all the children came into contact with the spray.”

Byrd added, “Hinkle then grabbed Flynn by her hair and pulled her outside the residence.”

Outside the residence, Hinkle reportedly pulled Flynn’s hair, slapped the glasses off her face, and then kicked her 9-year-old son.

After Hinkle left Flynn’s residence, the HCSO located her traveling on Long Hollow Road and conducted a traffic stop. A chemical spray canister that showed signs of having been used recently was found, Byrd added.

Hinkle gave a statement at the time of her arrest that she had gone to the residence to retrieve her Social Security card, and “snapped” because of the past problems she had.

Hinkle’s ex-husband and his wife had each filed private prosecution warrants for telephone harassment against Hinkle for sending them hundreds of texts in January and February, some of which contained threats of bodily harm.

One of those counts of telephone harassment was dismissed Monday as part of the plea agreement.

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