Friday, February 8, 2019

PTSD On Trial, Disabled Combat Veteran

Knox combat vet avoids jail time after PTSD-related shooting

Knoxville News Sentinel
Hayes Hickman
Feb. 8, 2019
"In my mind, I was trying to get rid of those rounds before one ended up in my head," Jones said. "But I never wanted to hurt anyone."
A disabled Army combat veteran will serve no jail time on charges stemming from a PTSD-related shooting incident at his North Knox County home as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Casey Jones, 31, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment in Knox County Felony Court on Thursday, assuring Judge Tony Stansberry he is seeking treatment for his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Jones initially was charged with four felony counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after firing two handguns into the bedroom ceiling and walls of his home Nov. 7.

One of those bullets went through a window and lodged behind the shutter of his neighbors' home across the street. No one was hurt.

The Purple Heart recipient previously told the News Sentinel he emptied the clips of both weapons in a desperate attempt to save himself during a suicidal episode.
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