Man receives 15 year sentence in attempted murder case

Published 8:32 am Monday, July 9, 2018

A Carter County man entered a no contest plea to multiple felony charges on Tuesday, including four counts of attempted first degree murder.

Jared Floyd, 23, of Elizabethton, entered a “best interest” plea as part of an agreement with the state to four counts of attempted first degree murder, one count of evading arrest with the risk of death, one count of resisting arrest, one count of domestic assault, and one count of vandalism over $60,000. As part of the plea agreement, charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony reckless endangerment, vandalism over $1,000, and vandalism less than $1,000 against Floyd were dismissed by the state.

Floyd received an effective prison sentence of 15 years in the case. Each of the counts of attempted first degree murder carried 15 years. He received an eight-year sentence on the vandalism over $60,000 and a four-year sentence on the evading arrest. The resisting arrest and domestic assault convictions each carried a sentence of 11 months and 29 days. All of those sentences will run concurrently, creating an effective sentence of 15 years. As part of the agreement Floyd also entered a plea to a charge of failure to appear in court. He received a 1 year sentence for that conviction, which will run consecutively to the 15-year sentence.

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The charges against Floyd stem from an incident in January 2016 where Floyd is accused of driving his van into a city apartment building three times and attempting to run down a woman on the sidewalk.

Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Floyd following the incident, and he was later indicted by the Grand Jury.

The charges against Floyd stem from an incident during the early morning hours on Jan. 28, 2016, where police say Floyd rammed his vehicle into an apartment building three times and attempted to run over a woman fleeing the area. On that day, at around 3:20 a.m., officers of the Elizabethton Police Department were called to the apartment building located at 327 S. Lynn Avenue after a 911 caller reported a vehicle had crashed into the building.

As officers began to arrive in the area, EPD Chief Jason Shaw, who was a patrol captain at that time, saw a silver Dodge Caravan with front end damage and at least one flat tire driving in the area. Shaw began following the vehicle as it traveled around the area and then began returning to the apartment building. As Shaw watched, the driver, later identified as Floyd, accelerated and crashed into the building in the area of apartment number 3.

After that crash, a woman ran away from the apartment and, according to police, Floyd backed the van up and began chasing the woman in what appeared to be an attempt to run her over.

Officers were eventually able to remove Floyd from the vehicle and arrest him.

During the investigation into the incident, police learned Floyd had been drinking and had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, who is pregnant.

While speaking with officers following his arrest, police said Floyd admitted to intentionally ramming his vehicle into the apartment building where his girlfriend’s father lives because he thought his girlfriend was inside.

“While Capt. (Jason) Shaw was at the hospital with Mr. Floyd, he stated he was so overwhelmed with the situation that he was going to kill (his girlfriend) and then himself,” EPD Sgt. Lincoln Orellana said. “When Mr. Floyd was asked if he thought the female that was running was (his girlfriend) he stated no. Mr. Floyd said he knew it was a neighbor, but wanted to kill whatever was in his way.”