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Plea agreement ends Thompson case

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

The case of a Draper man accused of firing shots at a truck parked in front of Virginia Church Furniture in February 2012 came to an end Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Timothy Dean Thompson, 62, entered a plea of no contest to a charge of possession of a firearm while transporting untaxed alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, prosecutors agreed to nolle prosequi (not prosecute with the option to refile) two charges of shooting into or at an occupied building and possession of untaxed alcoholic beverages.

Thompson, who is half-owner and vice president of Virginia Church Furniture, received a suspended two-year prison sentence; he was fined $250 and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $789.12; he is required to forfeit a .270-caliber rifle, .380-caliber handgun and a .44-caliber handgun, and his permit to carry a concealed weapon is revoked.

The agreement requires the Commonwealth to return a .45 Kimber handgun and related kit and a Dan Wesson .44-magnum with scope to Thompson. Police seized those firearms during the execution of a search warrant on Thompson’s home.

Thompson was also ordered to have no contact with Donald Beverly Jr. “unless he calls or emails Virginia Church Furniture … concerning the business affairs of the company and Donald Beverly Jr., at his election, decides to discuss the matter directly with the defendant.”

The agreement further states that the agreement and court ruling will have no affect on Thompson’s legal rights of ownership or the office he holds with the company.

Thompson was accused of firing a shot at a truck owned by Beverly, the son of Thompson’s business partner in the church furniture business. The charge for which he pleaded no contest stemmed from items found inside Thompson’s truck when police approached him outside Dublin Post Office following the incident at the furniture manufacturing business in the town of Pulaski.

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