- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis man has been convicted of attacking a woman with his cane because his cigarette lighter was missing.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office says a jury convicted 57-year-old James Shettles of aggravated assault on Tuesday after a two-day trial.

Witnesses said Shettles confronted the woman in June 2013, angrily accusing her son of taking his lighter. The woman testified that he threatened to blow her head off if he didn’t get it back.

Shettles swung his cane at her, but the woman was able to block it with her hand. He then went into his home and retrieved what looked like a handgun and threatened to kill her.

Police later determined that it was a toy cap gun.


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