Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 21, 2013

Man pleads to reduced charge

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — The defendant in an attempted first-degree murder case in a shooting incident pleaded guilty to a lesser offense after the victim told prosecutors he did not want a more serious charge pursued.

Christopher Allen Taylor, 25, Gordon Lowe Rd., pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of aggravated assault — a class C felony — and received a three-year prison sentence to run consecutive to a probation violation sentence. He is being given credit for 575 days already served.

Taylor was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury on March 5, 2012, for the Dec. 5, 2011 incident during which Otis Shane Henry and Taylor got into an argument over money Taylor claimed Henry owed him, according to witnesses.

Taylor was quoted by the witnesses as telling Henry that if he didn’t get his money, “I am going to kill you.”

Henry was shot in the chest one time at close range. He was taken to The University of Tennessee Medical Center where he remained hospitalized for an extended period of time.

Taylor left the scene and later showed up at the Justice Center, telling a receptionist that he believed there was a warrant for his arrest and he was there to surrender to authorities.

Sheriff’s Investigator Jerry Jackson testified at a preliminary hearing in February of 2012 that Taylor told him he was holding a gun on Henry during the argument over money, when Henry’s father slapped his hand, causing the gun to discharge.