Greene pleas guilty in shooting death of son

May. 15, 2013 @ 05:12 AM

A 60-year-old Henreitta man plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Rutherford County Superior court on Monday morning. 

James Arnold Greene pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his son James Noah Greene, 29, also of Henrietta on Dec. 23, 2011. 

Superior Court Judge Gary Gavanis of Avery County sentenced Greene to 17 to 30 months in prison. He will receive credit for the 508 days already served.

Greene was originally charged with Common Law Murder in conjunction with his son's death. 

He was represented by defense attorney David Belser.

Greene's family was in court Monday and chose not to speak, but asked District Attorney Brad Greenway to plea the case.

Greenway read the evidence of the case that said according to witnesses, the father and son were in a fight over a gun and the gun fired striking Noah Greene. 

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said Greene will be transported to another prison facility.

According to reports, Noah Greene was shot at Greene residence at 298 N. Main Street in Henrietta on Dec. 23, 2011. He was taken to Rutherford Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced death the same afternoon.

The senior Greene was transported to the Rutherford County Detention Facility where he has been incarcerated since.

Greene's death was the sixth murder case in Rutherfofrd County in 2011.  

This is the second case to be disposed of.

In Jan. 20. 2012, Aaron D. Crawford was sentenced to 16 to 20 months in the murder of Melvin Whitener, II. of Toms Lake Road. He was charged with second degree murder and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. 

The next term of Rutherford County Superior Court begins on June 3.