Gadsden, AL - Just days after he was given a sentence with no prison time, attempted cop-killer Danny Lipscomb has violated his probation and is now in jail.
We previously reported that Lipscomb pled guilty on January 30, 2017 to a lesser charge to avoid serving time in prison for the 2009 incident involving Gadsden Police Officer Byram Hammonds. The plea rightfully upset Officer Hammonds, who believed the criminal justice system had betrayed him. Lipscomb was originally charged with Attempted Murder. He pled to one count of Attempted Assault, and was spared any prison time.
Lipscomb received a 10-years of community corrections (probation) for attempting to kill Officer Hammonds. Nine days later, Lipscomb's probation was violated after he was given a routine drug screen and tested positive for both marijuana and cocaine.
Marcus Reid, Etowah County Deputy District Attorney, has filed a motion asking that the original charge be re-instated. In the motion, he said "Although only a week has passed since the defendant was placed with Community Corrections, he has already violated the terms and conditions of his diversion and proven himself unworthy of the opportunity afforded to him by this Court." Reid also said "This diversion represented an opportunity granted by the court for the defendant to remain in the community and prove himself worthy of a second chance. He has utterly failed to avail himself of this opportunity."
Reid asked that Lipscomb be placed back in jail immediately and he remains in custody. Lipscomb's next hearing is scheduled for February 16.
After the January 30 court hearing and plea, Gadsden Police Officer Hammonds said that the last word that he had from the District Attorney's Office was that "they would never make a deal with anyone that would try to kill a police officer." The 2009 incident began when Officer Hammonds stopped Lipscomb's vehicle and he fled. A foot pursuit followed and Officer Hammonds came upon Lipscomb.
Officer Hammonds said that they met face-to-face, that Lipscomb had a gun, raised it and pointed it at him then fired at least three shots before he could return fire. He said that he believed he was going to die that day and knew that he had to do something. Officer Hammonds said "When a police officer is out here risking their life to try to enforce the law and to help other people and we become the victim, all we ask is that the law protect us. And in this case, it didn't."
Truer words never spoken. The plea was an insult to Gadsden Officer Byram Hammonds, a career law enforcement officer and with a deep heritage of public service. Perhaps the District Attorney's Office will do the right thing this time.
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