North Santa Rosa

Terry Lee Hays Sentenced

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Terry Lee Hays was sentenced on April 1, 2014 by Judge Kelvin Wells to the Department of Corrections to serve 5 years.  Mr. Hays had previously been found guilty on February 13, 2014 by a Walton County jury of Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm or a Deadly Weapon, Resisting an Officer with Violence, Criminal Mischief, and Disorderly Intoxication.

The charges arose from an incident that occurred at the Watercolor Inn in South Walton back on May 28, 2013.  Mr. Hays was part of a wedding reception that was being hosted at the Fish Out of Water restaurant.  After causing a disturbance at the restaurant, he was asked to leave the property by staff and Watercolor security.  Mr. Hays then attacked a security officer that was trying to arrange him a ride back to his hotel by grasping a car key between his knuckles and repeatedly striking the officer in the back of the head.

He was restrained by security until deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office could arrive.  Once on scene, Mr. Hays then tried to punch one of these deputies.  After being arrested, he then kicked out the back side window of a Walton County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.

Both the investigation and arrest were conducted by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Matthew Richardson prosecuted the case

Posted by on Apr 5 2014. Filed under Crime, Local. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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