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60-day sentence for ‘horseplay’ death

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By Damon Lawrence

Timothy Ray Treadway will have to serve only 60 days in the Roane County Jail for his criminal negligent homicide conviction.

Treadway, 41, was charged in the Jan. 15, 2013, death of Shayne Woodall. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in March.

Treadway started his jail sentence on Friday. After he is released, the remainder of his one-year sentence will be served on probation.

“There was a real possibility that a jury could have listened to the proof and concluded that it was just a terrible, unfortunate, accidental shooting,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “We sat down with the family and had them evaluate the offer versus the risk of going to trial, and they agreed that if he accepted the plea offer, we ought to go with it.”

Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Kile reported finding Woodall lying on the kitchen floor in a large amount of blood at 387 Waldo Road, Rockwood.  

Officials said Woodall was shot in the head. Treadway reportedly told police he and Woodall were drinking and horseplaying.

“He (brought) the gun out, and it went off,” the summary of his statement said. “He was not trying to shoot me. I did not shoot Shayne Woodall. We were wrestling. The gun was in his hand and then went off.”