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EMA threats result in plea


April 01, 2009
A former Crawford County Highway Department employee was sentenced March 20 for several charges relating to threats he made while in possession of a firearm.

Estill (Wayne) Norman, 56, of English, drove to the home of Crawford County Emergency Management Agency Director Kent Barrow in November, knocked on the door and asked to speak with Barrow. When Barrow went outside to talk with the man, Norman confronted him about not getting reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage to his house during high winds in September.

Norman pulled a handgun on Barrow, who ran into the house, locked the doors and called police. Norman then drove away in his truck.

Norman refused to stop for police in English but was taken into custody at his home minutes later and was lodged in the Crawford County Jail. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal, public intoxication, intimidation, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, possession of a handgun without a permit and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. There were no injuries in the incident.

After a plea agreement, Crawford Circuit Judge K. Lynn Lopp sentenced Norman to 20 years for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Class B felony; eight years for intimidation, a Class C felony; and two years for fleeing law enforcement, a Class D felony. All sentences are to run consecutively (one after another).

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