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Steven Patrick Gurnee, 32, was sentenced to more than two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.
Steven Patrick Gurnee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
A Christiansburg man was sentenced to nearly two and half years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to assaulting two Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies.
Steven Patrick Gurnee, 32, was found guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court of two counts of felony assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, according to a news release issued by Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt.
According to Pettitt, deputies went to a home in the 400 block of Maxine Street in Blacksburg on Sept. 18 to serve Gurnee with an outstanding arrest warrant for assault from Giles County. Sgt. J.Y. Collins saw Gurnee leaving the rear of the home and told him there was a warrant for his arrest.
As Gurnee went back into the house, Collins and Deputy D.M. Adkins tried to grab Gurnee’s wrist. He pulled away and began fighting with the deputies, Pettitt said, striking Collins in the head.
Gurnee was “taken to the ground” but continued to fight and kick Adkins in the arm, Pettitt said. He was eventually arrested, but not before telling the deputies that “I wish you would have shot me so my family could be rich.”
Collins’ right wrist was broken in the incident, Pettitt said. Adkins was not seriously injured.
Gurnee was sentenced to two years and five months in prison, five years probation and restitution of $28,105.14 to the company that paid Collins’ worker’s compensation claim, Pettitt said. The judge also ordered him to pay $1,086 in court costs, online records show.
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