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Man pleads guilty to pointing shotgun at wife

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Sentencing is March 12

By Sarah Bennett

A Rineyville man accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at his wife during an argument and attempting to strike a state trooper with his vehicle will be sentenced next month in Hardin Circuit Court.

Billy M. Brown, 57, pleaded guilty earlier this month through the county’s rocket docket program to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

The commonwealth has recommended two years to serve on each count, according to court records. Formal sentencing is March 12 in circuit court.

According to a citation, Kentucky State Police responded to Brown’s Oakbrook Lane residence because Brown allegedly pointed a shotgun at his wife during a domestic dispute.

When the trooper arrived at the home, Brown refused her verbal commands and got into his vehicle, police said.

“Brown backed out of the driveway and began to drive toward me in his vehicle while yelling profanities out the window, causing several neighbors panic and alarm,” the citation reads.

When Brown continued to drive toward the trooper, she drew her weapon, according to the citation. Brown exited the vehicle and approached the trooper while continuing to yell profanities, police said.

The trooper ultimately used a Taser and Brown became compliant, according to police.

Brown remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 cash.

First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony, which is punishable by one to five years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.