- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) - A former Henry County sheriff’s deputy has received a suspended sentence in the non-fatal shooting of his neighbor.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1XwNy9g ) a judge on Monday gave 28-year-old Joshua Dean Nash three years in suspended time for an unlawful wounding charge in the shooting of Eric Eysenbach.

Authorities say Nash was off-duty when he shot Eysenbach inside Eysenbach’s home in May 2015. The motive remains unclear.

In March, Nash entered Alford pleas to the wounding charge and to shooting in an occupied building. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges sufficient evidence for a conviction.

The judge also accepted Monday a defense request for a deferred disposition on the gun charge.

That case will come up for review in one year and ultimately could be dismissed.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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