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Broyles receives probation following trial

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By Susan Sharp

It took two attempts but Oscar Broyles finally had his day in court.

On Monday, he was sentenced in a case involving his neighbors, a gun and their dog.

In June 2007, 69 -year-old Broyles was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one of animal cruelty, according to court records.

But last April prosecutors in the case were forced to drop those charges after officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department lost the case file.

A short time later prosecutors were able to reindict Broyles gaining a conviction at trial.

In February, a jury found him guilty of attempted aggravated assault.

Warrants issued when   Broyles was arrested in March 2007 allege he fired a .22 caliber gun at his neighbors as one worked in the yard and the other sat on a porch.

The couple also told police Broyles had killed the family dog.

The female victim in the case said her dog was in her yard at the time Broyles shot it, according to court records.

The dog was still lying in the yard beside the driveway when authorities arrived.

Broyles also freely admitted to killing the dog.

“Yes, I killed that damn dog,” the warrant said Broyles told police.

On Monday Broyles was sentenced to four years of supervised probation. If he is compliant for two years, the balance of the sentence could be unsupervised Assistant District Attorney Leif Jeffers said.

Broyles is also not to have contact with the victims in the case.

“Mr. Broyles do you understand you are now convicted of a felony,” Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton asked. “If anything else happens you will go to the penitentiary that is as simple as I can put it.”