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Former Tenn. sheriff gets 6 years in jail, seeking new trial

March 6th, 2014 8:30 am by Associated Press

Former Tenn. sheriff gets 6 years in jail, seeking new trial

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A one-time Tennessee sheriff has been sentenced to six years in jail and three years of probation after being convicted of attempted involuntary manslaughter.

Judge Nathan Pride on Wednesday turned away a request by the attorney for former Henderson County Sheriff Ricky Lunsford to set aside the guilty verdict on a second charge of employing a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony before handing down the sentence.

The Jackson Sun reported that Lunsford will get a hearing on his request for a new trial on May 6.

A jury found Lunsford guilty in December of attempted involuntary manslaughter and the weapons charge. Police say Lunsford fired several shots in the parking lot of a bar in April 2013 during a dispute.

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