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Belton: Soldier To Appeal Conviction In Gun Rights Case

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Master Sgt. Christopher "C.J." Grisham. (Photo by Nick Delgado)

BELTON (December 20, 2013) Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, who was convicted last month in Belton in a misdemeanor in a case that drew the attention gun rights advocates nationwide, plans to appeal the conviction.

The Temple Daily Telegram reported Friday that Grisham’s attorney filed notice of his intent to appeal Grisham's conviction for interfering with the duties of a public servant.

Grisham's attorney, Blue Rannefeld, said in the filing that prosecutors' claims were not supported by the evidence.

Jurors decided on a $2,000 fine on Nov. 20 for Grisham after finding him guilty of interference with the duties of an officer, a class-B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no more than $2,000 and a jail sentence of not more than 180 days.

Grisham was arrested in March 2013 after police received a report about a man who was carrying an assault-style rifle while walking along Airport Road in West Temple.

Grisham said he was just walking with his son to help him get a Boy Scout Badge, but police confiscated the rifle and arrested him after the encounter his son recorded on camera.

The video shot by Grisham’s son quickly went viral and the arrest triggered a series of demonstrations.

Grisham was charged with misdemeanor interference with the duties of an officer.

Grisham says he was carrying the weapon as protection against feral hogs and coyotes.

A mistrial was declared in Grisham's first trial in October after the six-member jury deadlocked following two full days of deliberation.

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