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Blountville man who ran over girlfriend sentenced in Scott

Wes Bunch • Feb 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM

GATE CITY — A Tennessee man will spend the next decade in prison after being sentenced Tuesday in Scott County Circuit Court for running over his then girlfriend in her driveway more than two years ago.

Argie Bryan Baker, 30, of Blountville, was given a 20-year sentence with 10 years suspended by 30th Circuit Court Judge Tammy McElyea as a result of his December 2013 conviction on a single count of felony malicious wounding.

Baker was charged with using his car to run over his ex-girlfriend in the driveway of her Gate City home in December 2011.

Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said the sentence was fitting given Baker’s actions and criminal history.

“This is the third woman that has been hurt or killed by his actions and he was on probation at the time this happened,” McClung said.

“We felt it had gotten to the point that enough is enough and how many people have to get hurt by his actions before something is done. So, we’re pleased with the sentence and glad the court saw it the same way.”

Baker’s victim took the stand along with members of her family during Baker’s sentencing hearing.

During her testimony, the woman detailed permanent injuries she received in the attack and described how the incident and her injuries have impacted her life since.

The woman, who suffered multiple broken bones, is now disabled.

Baker also took the stand on his own behalf during the hearing, telling the court that drugs played a major role in his actions and that he did not clearly remember the incident.

According to Scott County authorities, the assault began when Baker hit his girlfriend in the face while they were standing in the driveway of her residence.

Baker then got into his Mazda sedan before running over the victim twice, breaking one of her legs in two places.

Baker then forced the woman into her car by pulling her hair before driving her into Tennessee.

Baker dropped the victim off at a residence belonging to one of his relatives.

From there, she was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Doctors were initially told that the woman sustained her injuries by falling off of a horse.

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