Friday, 21 October 2016 09:30

Man Who Shot Tow-Truck Driver Sentenced to 14 Years

MEMPHIS – October 21, 2016 - A Whitehaven man convicted in August of shooting and critically wounding a tow-truck driver was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Joseph Proffitt, 30, was convicted in Criminal Court of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
He was sentenced by Judge Glenn Wright.
Tow-truck driver Scotty Arnold said he was attacked by Proffitt and his brother, David Proffitt, on Oct. 3, 2012, while he was towing cars from an apartment complex at Tulane and Shelby Drive. Arnold was shot in the back, critically wounded and left paralyzed as he tried to drive away. A fellow employee with him chased Joseph Proffitt, captured him and held him for police.
Proffitt’s brother, David, 29, was still armed with a .40-cal. handgun when he was located and arrested by police later. David Proffitt pled guilty this summer to aggravated assault and is awaiting sentencing.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Muriel Malone.