Feds add gun charges against Pentz

Dec 15 2012 - 3:36pm

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MORGAN -- Federal authorities have filed firearms-related charges against a man who stabbed the battery of a motor home.

Andrew Owens Pentz, 30, was charged Dec. 5 in federal court with possession of a sawed-off shotgun and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pentz's shotgun was a 20-gauge with a barrel less than 18 inches long. Pentz faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

As a result of the federal charges, Pentz no longer faces state firearm-related charges.

Morgan County Sheriff's deputies were called to Spring Hollow Road on Oct. 17. The police report states witnesses said Pentz stabbed the battery of a Chevrolet motor home with a 10-inch Bowie knife, chased a 4-year-old boy with the same knife, then took a truck without permission.

The sheriff's office reports indicate the red 1992 Ford F150 pickup had been stabbed several times on its hood.

Pentz also reportedly tried to choke the father of the 4-year-old boy, who had been helping him with the battery and was the owner of the truck.

Pentz is still charged in 2nd District Court with two felonies for aggravated assault, and five misdemeanors, for unlawful possession of the 10-inch hunting knife because of his felony record, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, using a car for an extended period of time without permission of the owner, and intoxication to a degree that he may have endangered himself or others.

As the deputies loaded Pentz in the police car, the report says, his girlfriend -- whose name was blacked out in that report -- "came running up the road" and was "screaming" about Pentz being loaded into a patrol car.

Court documents showed the girlfriend was Shelly Lynn Ezell, 50.

Ezell made her initial appearance Nov. 14 in 2nd District Court on a felony charge of retaliating against a witness and a misdemeanor charge of harassing that witness. Her pretrial hearing is not yet set.

Ezell allegedly harassed the 4-year-old's father, demanding that he impersonate Pentz so he could take out a loan to pay Pentz's bail.

She also allegedly sent the man a barrage of threatening text messages, including one saying "will cut your throat I don't like rats" (sic) and said she would tell Child Protective Services he had beat his son unless he recanted his testimony against Pentz.

The felony retaliation charge could result in a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The harassment misdemeanor could carry up to six months in jail.

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