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Jackson County man found guilty of attempted murder, sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison

A dispute about a pig that escalated into attempted murder ended last week with a Tuckasegee man ordered to serve at least two decades in prison, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.

A Jackson County jury returned a verdict of guilty, rejecting defense attorney Frank Lay’s argument that Kenneth William McCall, 68, acted in self-defense.

McCall shot William Walker McCall, 39, also a Tuckasegee resident, ostensibly about free-ranging pigs. William Walker McCall said the animals were rooting up and damaging the family-owned Pinhook Valley Campground on Charleys Creek Road. He shot one of the pigs.

In response, Kenneth McCall shot into William Walker McCall’s vehicle, hitting him two times in the torso. Welch said it was a miracle that William Walker McCall survived his wounds.

Superior Court Judge Bradley B. Letts sentenced Kenneth McCall to serve in prison a minimum of 23 years up to a maximum of 30 years.

Assistant district attorneys Andy Buckner and Jenica Hughes were the co-prosecutors. Jackson County Detective Sgt. Brandon Elders served as the primary investigator.

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