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Middlesboro Man Sentenced In Shooting Incident After Pleading Guilty

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Tommy Ellison - BCDC

On Friday June 21, 2024 a man who shot another man and endangered the lives of several others in the process was sentenced to prison for the act.

Back in June of 2020, 22-year-old Tommy "Trey" Ellison of Middlesboro was involved in a shooting at Rennie Gayle Homes resulting in one individual being shot in the leg and creating a serious hazard for individuals living in the apartment complex. Ellison could not be located by police after the incident, but a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Roughly 18 months later on Monday, January 17, 2022, Middlesboro Police apprehended Ellison after he was seen by Narcotics Investigator Ryan Collins parked in front of the residence of his mother. He was then followed by other officers and a traffic stop was initiated leading to his arrest. At the time he was charged with attempted murder, (14) fourteen counts of wanton endangerment - 1st degree, and another felony arrest warrant.

Appearing in court on the 21st, Ellison withdrew his not guilty plea and plead guilty to an amended charge of assault under extreme emotional distress and the wanton endangerment charges. He was sentenced to (3) three years concurrently for each of the charges which will run consecutively to a separate charge of possession of a controlled substance - 1st degree (Methamphetamine). For that charge he received a (1) one year sentence.

While probation was considered, the court decided that 'imprisonment is necessary for protection of the public because there is substantial risk (Ellison) will commit another crime."

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