Martin Man Found Guilty Of Assaulting Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office Deputies

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Martin man is awaiting sentencing in Franklin County after being found guilty on multiple felony counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

A Franklin County jury took just 30 minutes Thursday to deliver their verdict against Donald Jaynes.

Authorities in Franklin County arrested Jaynes back in June 2013 after a stand-off at his home on Pleasant Hill Road where he threatened to shoot Franklin County Sheriff’s office deputies.

Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White said sentencing for Jaynes will take place at a later date.

“The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation. He also took the mental evaluation that had already been conducted into evidence and will consider it in determining sentence,” White said.

Back on June 11, 2013, Jaynes called Franklin County 911 complaining about four-wheelers driving down the road in front of his house.

At the time, Jaynes threatened to shoot out the tires of the four-wheelers and he demanded officers come out and stop them.

However, he also threatened to shoot the deputies if they came on to his property or attempted to take away his guns.

That call led to a stand off when officers arrived at his home on Pleasant Hill Road.

Jaynes came out of his house and told officers he was going to kill all of the Sheriff’s Office deputies who had arrived on the scene.

He then went back into his house and came back out with a 30/30 lever action rifle, which he pointed at the deputies.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said that he tried to calm Jaynes, but Jaynes again threatened the deputies and tried to go back into his house.

“He stated to me he was going to shoot the deputies,” Thomas said. “He said he would speak with me and no one else. I got him to come out into the carport and I blocked his entrance to the door and took him down. In the meantime, I also arrested his father and his sister.”

Jaynes’ father, identified as Frank Jaynes, age unknown, and his sister, identified as Connie Jaynes were each charged with obstruction.

In addition to the Aggravated Assault charges, Jaynes was also found guilty of four counts of felony obstruction.