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Obstruction case sentence reduced

POSTED: April 30, 2014 12:51 a.m.

Skyler Summerour

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A Hall County judge signed off on a reduced sentence for a Flowery Branch man convicted of obstruction for his role in an October confrontation with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Skyler Summerour’s new sentence calls for him to serve a year in jail and five years’ probation.

Summerour, 24, was acquitted on Feb. 28 by a Hall County jury of the most serious violent felony in the Oct. 16 incident at Winfield Road, but convicted of felony obstruction. He was sentenced to two years in prison and five years’ probation by Judge Jason Deal in March.

Summerour was indicted on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony obstruction of an officer and failure to maintain lane after allegedly “producing” his handgun to a deputy attempting to speak with him in his residence. He was found not guilty on the traffic charge and assault charge.

The deputy, Cpl. Stan Watson, later said in a court hearing that Summerour had “shown” his gun, but did not take it out of the holster.

Accounts of the incident were disputed from the beginning, but all began with Summerour pulling up to his home on Windfield Road and entering the house, Watson trailing him, after not pulling over on an attempted traffic stop.

The defendant’s mother, Jackie Summerour, let Watson inside and was an eyewitness to the basement confrontation. She testified the Glock-47 was in her son’s hip holster but never in his hand.

“I’ve never had a case like this,” Deal said. “The state came back and said, ‘Judge, have mercy.’”

The reduced sentence, which Deal granted Tuesday, will allow Summerour less time behind bars and more time in treatment. He will enter Hall County’s mental health treatment court upon the service of one year in jail.

“I hope you would agree ... that sending you off to a prison cell for two years would not make you better off,” Deal added.

An additional condition of the sentence: Neither Summerour nor his family or fiancé can post disparaging comments in print or social media about the case or deputy involved.

Deal even singled out Summerour’s fiancé and mother, noting their actions could put their loved one in prison.

The decision came on the heels of a mental health evaluation, which Deal had suggested had been overlooked as a factor prior to Sumerour’s first sentencing hearing.

Summerour told Deal he had seen a psychiatrist for six years, and took medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


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