Mount Zion parolee gets 14 years for buying bullets | Crime and Courts
“This defendant has a long history of violent behavior. extreme, violent behavior, ”said Baggett, calling for the maximum sentence.
Shot from a body-worn camera of Charleston Police Officer James Milton in response to a fire on Madison Avenue Wednesday. “The brave young man jumped on instruction and was caught,” the department said.
Speaking at length in his own defense, Wiley reiterated the words he wrote in a long letter to Herald & Review, believing that the 2nd Amendment gave him an absolute right to bear arms. He also told the judge he had to carry a gun because the only job he could get is delivering pizzas in Decatur, arming for protection and wearing body armor.
“Every single (other) driver said to me, ‘The people on the street call you the coyote … he carries a gun, he’s an ex-military, he’s nothing to mess with,” Wiley said. But he also insisted that he was not a naturally violent man, but admitted he had a drinking problem.
His defense attorney Caleb Brown said the constitution gave his client the absolute right to own a weapon and ammunition, which is hardly extreme or unusual. He said that at the end of the day, Wiley had only ammunition, and that was at the bottom of the gun list.
“In my Macon County experience, and I’ve practiced for nearly seven years, I’ve never seen anyone take more than seven years to complete this crime,” Brown added, pleading with Wiley to get six years.
But the judge, who heard jail phone tapes played in court in which Wiley said he would never change his views on gun ownership, said the defendant despised the country’s laws.