GREENEVILLE — A Knoxville man who carjacked a driver in Greeneville last year, threatening to turn him into "hog food" if he didn't comply, has been sentenced to serve nearly 10 years in federal prison.
Dustin Watson, 31, received the 115-month prison sentence on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. Watson, who pleaded guilty to carjacking in February, will also be on probation for three years following the prison stint.
According to the plea agreement, an individual provided Watson a ride in August 2013 from the laundry mat on Fairgrounds Road in Greeneville toward a CVS pharmacy — the requested destination.
While on Highway 11-E, Watson asked the driver if he would drive him to the BP gas station near Captain D's, but when they arrived at the gas station, Watson then asked "why don't you drop me off at Malone's."
The driver declined and Watson then pulled a knife and said "how about I make you my b—h and you take me where I want to go because you are going to end up hog food tonight."
According to the plea agreement, Watson then demanded the driver's cell phone and told him to drive. The driver proceeded north along Highway 93, and soon after Watson threatened to kill the driver and his family.
When a Greene County deputy's car passed them, Watson yelled for the driver to pull over, ordered the person out of the car and then drove off.
On Sept. 3, 2013, Watson was seen in Knoxville still driving the stolen car. According to the plea agreement, when an officer approached the vehicle, Watson fled on foot. He was arrested, and a small bag of marijuana was found in his pocket.
According to a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney, Watson recognizes his addition to drugs has driven his actions not only as it relates to the present case, but also to the bulk of his prior criminal record.
Watson "sincerely regrets his actions" and "desperately wants help for his drug problem," according to the sentencing memorandum.
Watson turned to drugs when bad things happened in his life, most recently with the death of his mother; his parents never served as a positive role model and by the time he began living with his grandmother at age 13, the damage had already been done and Watson began abusing drugs, according to court records.
Watson's attorney wrote, when Watson moved out on his own at age 15 and began working in construction, much of his earnings were used to support his drug habit.comments powered by Disqus