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Cop-biting meth head sent to prison

A Milner woman who bit a Lamar deputy after claiming she was HIV positive and had Hepatitis C – and got shot in the arm for her efforts – was sent to prison Jan. 8 after entering guilty pleas in Lamar superior court. Joy Lynn Day, 40, entered guilty pleas to two counts aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of possession of meth. Judge Bill Fears sentenced her to seven years in prison and eight years on probation. She was also banished from the Towaliga Judicial Circuit which includes Lamar, Monroe and Butts counties. The charges stemmed from a May 4, 2014 incident in which Day attacked Maj. Leslie Holmes, chief deputy of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. She was also charged with two counts of obstruction but those were dropped as part of a plea bargain. According to testimony and court documents, Day was parked at a stop sign at the intersection of Brown Springs Rd. and Old Hwy. 41 at the burned out Lighthouse restaurant when Holmes came upon her. There had been property thefts and burglaries in the area so Holmes checked the driver. At one point, Day walked away from Holmes with something in her hand. When Holmes attempted to stop her, an altercation ensued and Holmes acquired a “pretty nasty bite”. Holmes subsequently fired five shots at Day, hitting her once in the arm. Testing revealed Day did not have HIV or Hepatitis. Maj. Holmes was treated and released shortly after the incident.

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