Dennis sentenced for possession of firearm
A Thomasville man who shot his daughter's boyfriend during an assault was sentenced to jail time for a lesser charge related to the Jan. 19 shooting.
According to Jo Black with the Davidson County Clerk of Courts Office, Clifton Gregory Dennis, 56, of 211 Pine St., pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a convicted felon last month and received a six month active sentence. Dennis also was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation.
Thomasville Police Department arrested Dennis on Jan. 19 after responding to a call at a residence he shared with his daughter, 33-year-old Tamara Renee Smith, and her boyfriend, David Rayvon Braswell, 38. Officers arrived to find Braswell dead from a gunshot wound. According to a TPD press release, Dennis shot Braswell, who was physically assaulting his daughter, with a .22 caliber rifle.
"There was a physical altercation going on between the two of them when [Dennis] entered the room," Detective Steve Currie said. "That's why [Dennis] came into the room. He brought the rifle with him."
Dennis was identified as a person of interest in the shooting and arrested on the weapon possession charge. Following an investigation, TPD found Dennis' action justifiable on grounds it was in the defense of others.
Currie said Dennis lived with the couple and their two children, who were home at their Pine Street residence when the shooting occurred.
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