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Jury Gives C.J. Grisham $2,000 Fine With No Jail Time

BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

Fort Hood Master Sergeant C.J. Grisham has been ordered by a jury to pay a $2,000 fine without having to serve any jail time after he was convicted on a charge of interfering with police duties.

Before the jury came to their conclusion, they first had to listen to more testimony from character witnesses for both the state and defense, including Grisham's wife.

Emily Grisham gave the most emotional testimony when she pleaded with the jury to be lenient in what sentence they chose for her husband, while the prosecution called an investigator who tracked Grisham's online activity following the incident and said that he was using the case only to gain publicity for his gun rights activism.

The prosecution only called two witnesses to testify for the punishment phase of the trial with that investigator telling the jury that Grisham had solicited thousands of dollars online to help support his case, and he also said that the only reason Grisham posted the cell phone video of the incident was to promote his case and help fight his charge.

Along with Ms. Grisham, the defense called several of Grisham's close friends to testify on his behalf in hopes of persuading the jury to not give him the maximum $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

Shortly after receiving his punishment, Grisham spoke out giving his reaction to the jury's sentence.

"I freely accept that regardless of my thoughts on the verdict, I'm very pleased with the fine, and the fact that I'll be able to go home to my family," Grisham said. "It still doesn't change the fact that we're gonna appeal the ruling and appeal the decision because I don't believe the police have a right to do what they did that day."

When Grisham's wife took the stand, she also testified that her husband had previously suffered from post traumatic stress disorder following his deployment to Iraq and that the arrest had triggered a PTSD episode in him.  She was then made to read an interview Grisham gave to News Channel 25 following his conviction where he stated that the jury's guilty finding essentially told the citizens of Bell County that police officers can take firearms and personal property from individuals without having to have any reason for doing so.

Grisham says that despite having to now pay the $2,000 fine, he still fully intends to pursue an appeal in his case, and now he and his defense team have to figure out what next steps to take to try and get his conviction overturned.

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