Faced with a range of 2 to 10 years and with the option of probation, the Wise County jury handed down its sentence a couple of moments ago: 8 years and $5,000 fine. No probation. (That isn't going to help plea bargain offers.)
Once the verdict was reached, but before court was reconvened, the defendant ran out on the balcony for a smoke. (Pic). I think his name is Richard McDuff who used to live in Rhome.
I had thought the jury was in for a long day when I heard one of them speaking on the phone during a break say, "You can't get twelve people to agree on what day it is."