July 4 shooting nets felony drug convictionA Superior man’s decision to celebrate the Fourth of July by shooting a pistol has landed him four months in jail for four months and garnered him a felony drug conviction.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A Superior man’s decision to celebrate the Fourth of July by shooting a pistol has landed him four months in jail for four months and garnered him a felony drug conviction.
Anthony Andrew Knight, 52, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. He was sentenced to two years of probation for the drug conviction, with an additional one year jail sentence hanging over his head. The imposed and stayed jail sentence would only be activated if he fails to meet the terms of his probation, which include maintaining absolute sobriety, undergoing a chemical dependency evaluation, providing a DNA sample, submitting to random urinalysis and paying $499 in fines and court costs.
The firearm charge earned Knight a four-month jail sentence and $379 in additional fines and court costs.
Charges of disorderly conduct-use of a dangerous weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.
Witnesses saw Knight shooting a gun into the ground and pointing it into the sky in the front yard of his home in the 1000 block of Winter Street on the Fourth of July.
Police found Knight sitting on a lawn chair near his porch. There was a silver pistol sitting in the cup holder of the chair. Knight had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his mouth and a silver pipe with the odor of burnt marijuana was located in his back pocket.
Knight told officers he thought it was OK to shoot the ground on his own property because everyone else was shooting fireworks. He admitted to drinking four alcoholic drinks and having more guns in the house. Police entered the house after seeing a rifle and ammunition sitting on a table inside the house. They also saw what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation while checking for any other firearms.
Officers later executed a search warrant at the residence and found 33 4-foot-tall marijuana plants growing in a bedroom of the residence as well as $4,900 cash in $100 bills.
Nineteen divots were counted in Knight’s front yard and spent .223 casings were found on the lawn.
Knight repeatedly told officers he thought it was OK to shoot his guns on his own property, according to Superior police reports.
Superior Police Officer Jennifer Orn told him it is against the law to discharge a firearm within city limits whether or not you’re on your own property.