Grundy Man Who Pointed Shotgun Toward Officers Given Maximum 10-Year Federal Prison Term

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Grundy County man who pointed a rifle toward officers trying to take him into custody after he escaped from the Grundy County Jail was sentenced on Monday to a maximum 10 years in federal prison.

Russell Wayne Smith, 46, appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice.

In the incident Oct. 29, 2012, Grundy County Sheriff's Deputy Leslie Turner, while on routine patrol, saw Smith sitting on an ATV at the edge of a wooded area talking with three other men. When the deputy approached, Smith drove the ATV into the woods.

Deputy Turner, along with several other members of the Grundy County Sheriff's Office, engaged in a foot pursuit before Smith turned the weapon toward them. He did not fire a shot, but he was hit by three bullets. One grazed his head, another went into his abdomen and a third went into his side.

Anthony Martinez of the Federal Defender's Office said Smith suffers constant pain from the shot to the stomach.

Judge Mattice told Smith, "What you did was incredibly dangerous not only to yourself but to the law enforcement officers. The fact that you're alive here today is a small miracle."


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