Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Aggravated Assault with Firearm Trial

Assistant State Attorney Barbi Beasley told jurors that Burl McCraney had stopped at a gas station on Thomas Drive on May 2 last year to get supplies before starting a long drive. While there, he noticed a motorcycle pull in and the distinctive red helmet the rider, Grimm, was wearing.

Grimm demanded to know why McCraney was looking at him and McCraney told him he didn’t want any trouble and walked away. Grimm, however, followed McCraney to his truck, stood in front of the vehicle and pointed a 9mm handgun through the windshield and trained a laser sight on McCraney’s chest. Grimm then walked away laughing.

Grimm, 48, of 901 Thomas Dr., told police he was just trying to scare McCraney, but McCraney told jurors he believed his life was in danger. Jurors found Grimm guilty as charged of aggravated assault with a firearm, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet scheduled sentencing for April 1.