An Anderson County man who shot and injured two people who were trying to repossess his truck has been sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication probation. Doyle Cook, Jr. plead guilty to two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Anderson County District Attorney.
In October 2012, Wesley Crawford and Jennifer Miller repossessed Cook's truck. They say Cook chased after and shot them. The victims say they feel he should not have walked away with probation.
Crawford has been in the repossession business for nearly 20 years but never thought he would be shot on duty.
"I've had guns and knives pulled, but never used," Crawford said. "In 16 years, this is the first time I've ever been shot or shot at."
The couple attempted to repo a truck from Cook's residence the night of October 16, 2012.
After a chase that lasted several miles, Cook reportedly shot at the truck and the victims with a rifle.
"He came around and shot into the truck point blank," Crawford said. "I took a round to the shoulder. Jennifer took hits to the arm. He shot again through the door, which went into her hip. I got on around him and back on another FM road; and he shot numerous times again through the back window and that's when I was hit in the head."
Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe says what happened that night was a second degree felony that could have resulted in a two-to-20 year sentence.
"I was hoping that they would sentence him at least to half of the max of what the sentence held," Miller said.
Cook has been in jail since 2012.
"It's nothing to him. I mean he's out, he's free now," Crawford said. "He almost took two lives."
Lowe says Cook is a Vietnam veteran and the defense was that he suffers from PTSD. He recommended that the court give Cook a probation sentence. The victims disagree with the 10 year probation sentence.
"The man tried to kill me. I thought I was going to die that night," Miller said. "I just don't see the justice here."
Miller and Crawford say they will continue to fight for the justice they were looking for in this case.
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