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Gerry Greenland from Grand River was found guilty of attempted murder during a May 23, 2019 incident involving Decatur County Sheriff Ben Boswell.
Fifth Judicial District Court Judge John D. Lloyd found Greenland guilty of attempted murder on a peace officer, assault on a peace officer with intent to cause a serious injury and while using a dangerous weapon, and assault against Trevor Greenland.
The ruling came down on July 23. Sentencing is scheduled for August 27.
On May 23, 2019, Sheriff Boswell, along with two deputies, was dispatched to 14163 128th Avenue in rural Grand River following a 911 call with a report of an altercation between family members.
The initial responding deputy was confronted by Greenland, who was driving a John Deere 4250 tractor outfitted with a front-end bale spear.
As the deputy drove up the driveway, Greenland drove the tractor towards the deputy’s vehicle. The deputy took evasive action and avoided contact with the tractor.
Greenland then drove the tractor towards a vehicle occupied by Boswell near the driveway.
Greenland struck Boswell’s vehicle, forcing one of the bale spear tines through the driver’s door and pushing Boswell and his vehicle more than 100 feet.
According to court documents, Boswell was struck by the driver’s door and forced into the passenger compartment, essentially seated between the tines and was bracketed by them.
When the tractor and Boswell’s vehicle stopped, deputies were able to get Greenland from the tractor and take him into custody without further incident.
Boswell was unharmed.
Greenland has been held in the Ringgold County jail since the incident.