Former Waynesburg man sentenced on gun charge
WAYNESBURG – A former Waynesburg man who pleaded guilty to carrying a gun without a license in August was sentenced by Greene County Judge Farley Toothman Wednesday to 36 to 72 months in prison.
James Waldon Hinds, 50, of 104 Hoges Run Road, Holbrook, was arrested Aug. 4 after he fired a handgun into a porch roof following an argument at 274 Cherry St. in Waynesburg.
The argument was between Hinds and Richard Fallecker, the boyfriend of Hinds’ daughter, who prior to the dispute was at Buddy’s bar in west Waynesburg with her father.
Hinds came to Fallecker’s residence making threats before leaving and returning with the loaded .38 special that he pointed at Fallecker when he opened the door. As he was leaving the residence Hinds fired the shot into the roof.
Hinds was arrested by Waynesburg Borough police and charged with persons not to possess a firearm due to a prior felony conviction. That charge was later reduced to carrying a gun without a license.
He lost his right to carry a weapon after being convicted of twice robbing members of the Fields family in their home near Rogersville when he was 20 years old. The robberies occurred Jan. 19 and Feb. 11, 1983. The first robbery also resulted in a simple assault charge against Hinds. He and another man were sentenced to prison terms of 5 to 10 years for the robberies. A third man, who served as a lookout and provided a handgun for the first robbery, received a sentence of 2 to 5 years in prison.
Toothman ordered Hinds to pay all court costs, fees and a fine of $750. He was transported to SCI-Pittsburgh for classification.