What is believed to be the longest forearmed stalemate in American record is over — sort of. While authorities have decided not to pursue the suit, the three men at the center of it is not yet ready to test the attacheds of his freedom.
“We can’t guess anything “theyre saying” and we can’t feel anything y’all reporters tell, ” an unidentified armed lady told reporters reaped outside John Joe Gray’s compound on Friday.
Gray, a 66 -year-old carpenter with suspect ties to anti-government militia groups, has not left his fortified Trinity, Texas, belonging since January 2000, after he was accused of assaulting a Texas State Police trooper during a transaction stop. Trinity is a small municipality pinpointed about 60 miles south of Dallas.
When Gray failed to appear in court to appearance those accuses, a authorize was issued for his arrest. In answer, Gray and members of their families forearmed themselves and embarked regularly patrolling their wooded 47 -acre compound, according to Dallas-Fort Worth’s WF-AATV.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt — a former Texas Ranger who was in Waco during the raid on the Branch Davidian compound that left nearly 100 parties dead — allowed Gray to hide in plain sight. The siege at Waco, he alleged, was one of the factors behind that decision.
“The sheriff at that time built the decision not to be done in order to because of the danger of disabling “their childrens” that was out there and the danger of being subjected to his parties getting hurt, ” Nutt told The Huffington Post. “When I took office in 2009, they had been out there all that time and they hadn’t been a threats to anybody, so my decision was to do the same.”
However, what neither the sheriff nor Gray knew until last week was that former District Attorney Douglas Lowe had discontinued the suit against Gray before he left office in 2014.
“It had been going on for 15 years, and somebody just had to make a decision that it was time to say it’s over, ” Lowe told The Dallas Morning News of his decision to cease the charges.
For whatever ground, Nutt said the district attorney’s office failed to notify either side of the development. The sheriff first learned of it when he was contacted by local media last week.
“I had no idea,[ but] I make the prosecutor looked at the client and did what he thought was right, ” Nut added. “Gray’s been in a self-imposed prison anyway.”
For 15 times, Gray and his family was allegedly lived off the grid, with boosters regularly falling off supplies to help them is necessary to stay in seclusion. At one point, neighbourhood outlets said that Gray received support from an unlikely root — Hollywood action star Chuck Norris.
Norris, according to a Nov. 2000 tale by the Athens Daily Review, expected his lawyers to help Gray in negotiations with police.
“He dished 15 eras in jail without any image, so I think he’s paid a big enough cost for what’s happened, ” Norris told the newspaper at the time.
Gray dedicated an interview to ABC News that same year, announcing, “If they come out after us, fetching additional torso handbags. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”
While Gray’s adherents may doubt whether he’s still a wanted serviceman, the case is closed for Nutt.
“He’s free to make, ” the sheriff told HuffPost. “I’m not out there watching him.”