Arnold Man Wanted Ex-Wife's Attorney Beaten With a Bat
Patrick David McCullom attempted to hire an undercover officer to have his ex-wife's Jackson, TN, divorce attorney critically beaten with a baseball bat, according to jacksonsun.com.
An Arnold man has pleaded guilty in an assault-for-hire plot to have his ex-wife's attorney beaten with a baseball bat.
Patrick David McCollum, 51, entered his plea in the Madison County Circuit Court in Tennessee last week, jacksonsun.com reports. He was charged with solicitation to commit aggravated assault. McCollum, formerly of Jackson, TN, remains free on $250,000 bond.
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According to a Jackson Police Department news release, police received a tip on Dec. 20, 2010 that McCollum was attempting to hire someone to seriously injure Harold Johnson, the Jackson, TN, attorney who represented his ex-wife in their divorce.
The next day, investigators conducted an undercover operation to substantiate the threat, the release states. An undercover agent met with McCollum, who offered him money to "assault Johnson with a baseball bat with specific instruction to break numerous bones in his body."
According to investigators, Johnson had recently sent McCollum paperwork to modify prior court orders.
McCollum’s sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 11, jacksonsun.com reports. He is facing a punishment range of one to two years.
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