Ohio Man Who Shot Tractor Gets Suspended Sentence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Circleville, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has decided not to send an Ohio man to prison for shooting at a small tractor doing some mowing along his property.

Fifty-three-year-old Randall Turner had faced up to eight years in prison on his guilty plea to felonious assault.

But a judge in central Ohio's Pickaway County handed down a three-year suspended sentence Thursday.

Turner had said he meant to disable the tractor, not hurt its operator, when he fired five shots on Aug. 4, 2008, as a ditch bordering his property was being mowed.

Earlier, turner sued the county, saying the ditch-mowing damaged his property in Ashville, 20 miles south of Columbus.

He eventually dropped the suit.

The judge also put Turner on three years' probation, fined him $5,000 and ordered his handgun destroyed.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Aug 18, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    The tractor was interviewed after the court suspended the man's prison sentence. "Yeah, it's just not fair," said the tractor, who asked not to be identified. "I mean, I could have been hurt really bad, far more than just a flat tire or something! And they let this nutjob off?" The tractor went on to say, "I guess we tractors are second-class citizens nowadays, we just can't get any justice any more." The tractor then went back to work.
  • by Michelle Location: mtta on Aug 17, 2009 at 09:48 PM
    That is crazy a man in our county is facing 8 yrs for selling weed and this person fired a gun at someone several times and get a suspended sentence. That is just crazy Wash. Co. would have probally gave him life.
  • by Daniel Location: Akron, In. on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    He should have at least got some hospital time out of this. On the other hand it might be a good place to move to, if your nuts.
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