Well you cannot accuse anyone in the KKK of being overly bright…
This is just freaking incredible… and funny.www.timesnews.net/article.dna?_StoryID=3532468
Man pleads guilty to assault in death of KKK inductee
Saturday, August 06, 2005
By DEE GOODIN
ELIZABETHTON - "This is the most bizarre case I've encountered in 25 years," District Attorney Joe Crumley said of an Elizabethton man who accidentally shot his "very dear" friend during a Ku Klux Klan initiation in 2003.
Gregory Allen Freeman, 45, 805 Cambridge Ave., Elizabethton, pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless aggravated assault, reduced from aggravated assault. A charge of reckless endangerment and another count of aggravated assault were dismissed.
Crumley described the incident to Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown Friday morning. "They were initiating an inductee (Karl Mitchell III, 26, 1010 S. Second Ave., Elizabethton) into the Ku Klux Klan. A rope from a tree was tied around his neck in such a way he had to stand on his tiptoes to keep from choking."
According to Stacy Street, Freeman's attorney, Mitchell was strapped to a tree beside Freeman, with a hood over his face. At the same time, six individuals standing in a semicircle were shooting paint balls at Mitchell. Freeman was standing next to Mitchell firing a 9mm semiautomatic pistol into the air to convince Mitchell he was being struck with actual bullets.
Crumley said Freeman was then accidentally struck by a paint ball, "which can be painful," causing him to bend over. Crumley maintained that Freeman's pistol then discharged, striking Jeffrey S. Murr, one of those firing paint-ball guns.
"It was a through-and-through wound to the head," Crumley said.
"The medical treatment (Murr) received removed the spiraling, so we can't distinguish the entrance wound from the exit wound. We can't tell if he was shot from the back or the front. We just know he was shot."
The shooting occurred on Nov. 22, 2003, in Limestone in a wooded area near 363 Bill West Road.
After Street requested probation for his client, the judge asked Crumley for his input. "I'm not willing to recommend probation under these circumstances," Crumley replied. "I stand mute and defer to the court's decision."
Brown sentenced Freeman to three years. He is scheduled to
spend a total of 60 days in jail, 30 days beginning in October and the remaining 30 days will be served next year. Freeman was also sentenced to 30 days of community service. The balance of the sentence is to be served on probation.
"Mr. Freeman, I don't know if you've noticed, but we have a distinguished young prosecutor here who happens to be a black woman," Brown said, referring to assistant district attorney general Robin Ray, who was seated at the prosecution's table.
"You've got the right to free speech. You can belong to any organization you want. I can't be critical of your views, but there are some constitutional issues here."