Samuel E. Sallee has become the sole focus of a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office probe into the horrific slayings of four people in Waynesville, but the 55-year-old’s background is filled with other arrests and an admitted history of substance abuse.
In September 2004, Sallee was arrested in Jennings County, accused of shooting at one of his sons three times with a .22-caliber rifle and pointing a loaded weapon at sheriff’s deputies.
In April of the next year, after an agreement with prosecutors, Sallee was sentenced in Jennings Circuit Court to eight years in jail with one year suspended after pleading guilty to a charge of Class C felony intimidation. His sentence was enhanced based on six prior felony convictions — including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol — and seven prior misdemeanors and a probation violation, court records show.
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