Woodford man convicted in shooting
BOWLING GREEN – A Woodford man will be sentenced in October after being convicted of shooting at the home of a neighbor.
A Circuit Court jury found Darren Dewaine Tombs, 41, guilty of the lesser charge of shooting at an occupied dwelling and also possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Tombs had been charged with maliciously shooting at an occupied dwelling.
The jury returned a verdict about 9 p.m. after the day-long trial on Wednesday and came back about an hour later with its recommended sentence: two and one-half years in prison on each charge. Tombs could be sentenced up to five years on each charge.
Presiding Judge Joseph Ellis scheduled sentencing for Oct. 24.
Tombs was accused of using a rifle to shoot at a home on Cedon Road the evening of June 25, 2011, firing one to six shots.
Tombs testified that he had been drinking that evening. He set off some fireworks, he said, and denied shooting at the house. His wife and a neighbor also testified in his defense.
The occupant of the home testified for the prosecution along with another neighbor and three officers for the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. There was no evidence that the house had been struck by gunfire.
The officers testified that, when they went to Tombs’ home, they knocked on several entry doors for an extended period of time, returned and knocked some more, but no one responded. They looked through a window and saw Tombs passed out on a couch. When they managed to rouse him and get his attention, he began swearing at the officers and refused to come out. They officers forced their way in the house in order to apprehend Tombs.