Monday, January 27, 2014
A Tennessee attorney has been censured by the Board of Professional Responsibility for a weapons offense.
Ric Bohy of The Daily Herald has details:
A Columbia lawyer who was indicted for firing a pistol into the air near her boyfriend’s home last summer was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to weapons charges related to the incident. Martha Jane Durocher, 34, was given two years probation on July 25 after pleading guilty in Maury County Circuit Court to reckless endangerment and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon. A third charge, simple domestic assault, was dismissed.
Durocher, who lives in Lewisburg but has a law office in Columbia, turned herself in to authorities on July 23, 2012, after an arrest warrant was issued for the firearm incident that happened five days before. As described in court documents, Durocher was angry with her former boyfriend, Courtney Armstrong, and fired shots from a .380 semi-automatic pistol into the air near his home on Warwick Avenue in a heavily populated area of Columbia. She then sent Armstrong a text message telling him she had fired the shots.
Durocher’s probation will be supervised for 90 days, and if she pays court costs by the end of that period, will continue unsupervised for the remainder of the two years.
Maury County District Attorney General Mike Bottoms said Durocher’s conviction was reported to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which will determine what effect, if any, it will have on her license to practice law. Bottoms added that the state was also notified about Durocher’s firearm violations to determine if she will be allowed to get a carry permit, which she did not have at the time of the incident.