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Woman gets probation for shooting at family turning around in her driveway

Jeff Bobo • Jun 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County woman accused last year of shooting at a vehicle containing a family of seven that was turning around in her driveway pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of felony reckless endangerment.

Margie Rhea Ramey, 73, 652 Bays Mt. Road, Rogersville, was sentenced to one year of probation by Judge John Dugger, and she was also approved for a judicial diversion.

That means if Ramey completes her year of probation she will be eligible to have the charges expunged.

Ramey told Dugger Friday she had fired into the ground, but the victim told the Times-News last year one bullet hit the running board of his vehicle.

Oscar Scott of Rose Hill, Va. told the Times-News last year that on July 21, 2013 he, his wife and five children had been visiting Bays Mountain Bark, and they decided to take a scenic way back home.

After crossing the Hawkins County line they came upon Bays Mt. Road which runs adjacent to the Sullivan County line, and they decided to take that road to see if it was a another entrance to the park.

Actually the road comes to a dead end, and turns into a logging road.

Scott told the Times-News, "We got pretty far down that road and you could see where it turned into an old log road, so I put the vehicle in reverse to turn around. Just as I got it into reverse she started shooting at us."

Scott said the woman, who was later identified as Ramey, was sitting on her porch about 150 feet from the road when she fired two shots at the 1999 Chevy Tahoe he was driving. Scott said one shot actually hit the running board on the passenger side just a few feet from where his five children, ages 4-12, were seated.

A .22 caliber rifle was seized from Ramey by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office.

HCSO Sgt. Michael Allen stated in his report, "During a field interview Mrs. Ramey openly admitted to shooting her rifle towards the vehicle because she has had a continuous problem with people tearing up her driveway."

Ramey was originally charged with seven counts of felony reckless endangerment. Although her case had been bound over to the grand jury, on Friday she agreed to "plead on information" and forego a grand jury hearing.

Assistant attorney general Alex Pearson said Friday that the two counts of felony reckless endangerment in the plea accounted for the two gunshots fired.

Dugger asked if any of the shots had hit the vehicle.

Ramey told the judge she fired into the ground because the vehicle refused to leave.

Scott told the Times-News last year he hadn't even begun to back into her driveway when Ramey fired the rifle at them. He said he had no choice but to use her driveway to turn around because the road is so narrow.

"I hadn't even begun to turn my wheels to pull in her driveway," Scott said. "I just put my vehicle in reverse, and just as quickly as I put it in reverse I heard her hollering, and my little boy said, 'does she got a gun'. About that time she started shooting. ...She fired one shot and my wife hollered and told her we're just turning around, and then she shot again."

Scott said he then drove away quickly, and called police.

Aside from the one year of probation Ramey was fined $300.

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