A reality television star will not receive jail time for being found in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Steven Tickle, from the “Moonshiners” television show, was convicted of possession of a sawed-off shotgun on Jan. 28.
He was sentenced to three years, but Pittsylvania County Circuit Judge Stacey W. Moreau suspended all of those years.
Tickle was found in possession of the sawed-off shotgun during a traffic stop on July 12. He was stopped because a headlight on his black Dodge truck was out.
According to Pittsylvania County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Aubrey Gordon, the sentencing guidelines in Tickle’s pre-sentence report recommended that he not get incarceration.
A judge can go with, below, or above the guidelines as he or she sees fit.
Gordon said that a sawed-off shotgun is a “dangerous” weapon and should not be in possession by anyone. The commonwealth did argue for jail time for the offense.