ROANOKE, Va. — A Franklin County man will spend six years in prison for shooting at sheriff's deputies after setting fire to a relative's tractor.
The Roanoke Times reports that 68-year-old Roger Earl Davis was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in August to malicious wounding, property damage and firearms charges.
Deputies say they saw Davis walking away from a neighbor's burning tractor March 31 carrying a rifle and a gas can. They say he fired when they approached him.
Davis' attorney says he had consumed alcohol — five Long Island iced teas and three beers — before the incident. She also blamed his vision and hearing problems.
Davis also must pay restitution on the tractor, which was estimated to be worth at least $8,000.