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Grisham sentenced to pay $2,000 fine, no jail time

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JUST IN: Master Sergeant Christopher "C.J." Grisham has been sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine and will receive no jail time for the offense.

The jury in the gun rights trial of Fort Hood Msg. Christopher Grisham has found him guilty of his misdemeanor charge.

After just two hours of deliberating, the jury ultimately found Grisham guilty of interfering with police duties when he refused to turn over his AR-15 rifle to Temple police officer Steve Ermis this past March.

In the hours leading up to the verdict, dozens of Grisham's supporters and pro gun rights activists stood vigilent outside the courtroom awaiting a verdict in the case, and shortly after the decision was announced, Grisham spoke out giving his reaction to the jury's ruling and where he goes from here.

"What this jury just told the people of Bell County is that the police officers around here can walk up to you and take your personal property," Grisham said.  "They can take your firearms, and they don't have to have a reason for it.  They don't have to tell you the reason for it."

Throughout the trial, supporters of the Temple Police Department and the officers involved in the incident were also present in the courthouse, and many have taken to officer Steve Ermis' Facebook page to post their supportive messages backing the Temple Police Department and its officer.

The punishment phase of the case is began Wednesday and Grisham faced a possible $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.  Grisham says despite the outcome of the retrial, he will continue to fight in court with an appeal of the guilty verdict.

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