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Old 09-10-2012, 07:20 PM
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Wasn't even in the Park.

Great Smoky Mountains News Release

Release Date: September 10, 2012

Contact: Molly Schroer, 865-436-1203,

Reported Shooting Took Place Outside of Park

Great Smoky Mountains National officials announced that Sanford Lethco, 29,
of Sevier County, confessed to Park investigators that the gunshot wounds
he received to his leg on Friday, September 7, were sustained in an
incident occurring outside of the Park boundaries, in Sevier County.

�Park investigators have been working with the Sevier County Sheriff's
Office who has now taken the lead on the shooting case,� Chief Ranger Clay
Jordan reported.

Lethco sustained and was treated for two gunshot wounds to the lower leg
which he originally claimed to have received while hiking in the park, off
trail, in the Cosby area. He was flown to the University of Tennessee
Medical Center where he was treated, and later released, for his injuries.


(See attached file: Reported Park Shooting--Not Inside Park.docx)

Molly Schroer
Public Affairs Office
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(865) 436-1203
(865) 436-1204 (fax)

I knew we weren't getting the full story."I was hiking" most likely sounded better to the rescue folks than on private property to steal, poach, etc.
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