A man accused of discharging a firearm during a confrontation with property owners in a potentially explosive case has come to a quiet resolution with a plea of guilty to a lesser charge in Criminal Court.

William Curtis Hughes, 49, Daysville Rd., will face a sentencing hearing in Cumberland County Criminal Court on July 10 at which time he could receive a sentence to serve time, receive a split sentence of time to serve plus probation, or could be placed under house arrest of community corrections or supervised probation.

Hughes was out on bond, awaiting trial on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal trespassing, when he entered the guilty plea May 22.

The charges stem from a dispute between Hughes and the property owners, Brett and Sarah Wallace of Ozone Rd. During a bond hearing held in late January, Wallace testified that a gate on his property had been shot and knocked down along with a video camera.

After a preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court resulted in the charges being bound over to action of the grand jury, an order of protection was issued barring Hughes from having any contact with the victim, or his family, and banned him from going on the victim's property.

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