A 26-year-old Hamilton County man who has been involved in several shootings was sentenced on Monday to serve seven and a half years in federal prison.
Dustin Allen Frisbee appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice on the plea to being a felon in possessioon of a firearm.
The judge told him he had been living a self-destructive life "and I'm surprised you're still alive."
He told him, "You will have a long time to think about it. After you get out, one of three things will happen. You will turn your life around. You'll spend the rest of your life in prison. Or you'll be dead."
Frisbee has a lengthy criminal record dating to 2003.
He was involved in an incident in December 2011 at 2219 Standing Rock Road on Signal Mountain that ended with one person sustaining minor injuries and himself and another man in custody.
The investigation into the 8:15 a.m. incident by detectives resulted in both the victim and suspect arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Authorities said they were involved in a drug transaction that went bad. Information obtained during the investigation from interviews indicated that both people involved were armed during the drug deal and that both fired shots, it was stated.
Drugs were found on the property and a methamphetamine lab was located in the woods.
Willy Cunningham suffered a minor injury in the shootout.
Police said Frisbee left the scene with his girlfriend, Farryn Sivley, in a Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was spotted at a motel on 20th Street. When Frisbee was located by deputies he was armed with a 357 semi-automatic handgun.
Frisbee was shot himself in 2006 when he was involved in an altercation with another man.
In 2007, he was involved in another shootout. When police went to arrest him in Red Bank, the SWAT Team had to be called in. Frisbee was finally arrested after he held out for seven hours.
Joshua Melton of McMinnville was given the same sentence as Frisbee.
Prosecutor Steve Neff said he had no prior criminal history, but got addicted to meth and became involved in a meth ring that distributed at least 501 grams.
He said the sentence was also lengthened because the meth was 99 percent pure. The prosecutor said, "A lot of times you hear them say it's "100 percent, no cut," but they usually aren't telling the truth. This time they were."
Melton, who has a wife and daughter, said he won't make the same mistake twice.