Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sentence Handed Down In Gasoline Assault Case
A six-year prison term has been given to a Cookeville man who pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aggravated assault -- after being accused of splashing gasoline on his girlfriend and chasing her with a lighter. In return for this plea, prosecutors dropped attempted murder charges against 43-year-old David Newcomb. According to a report by Officer Chris Ferguson, police arrived on the scene last September to find the victim running from the residence, yelling "He's trying to kill me." Ferguson later found Newcomb with a gas can in one hand and a lighter in the other. The officer says he told Newcomb to drop the can, but ended up having to "take him to the ground." Ferguson says gasoline was splashed all over the place in the process and claims that Newcomb then began to "set things on fire." He allegedly set fire to a couch and also tried to set fire to Ferguson, singeing the hair on the officer's arm.