Truck Driver Pleads Guilty in Shooting of Ricky Skaggs' SonAP , Associated Press
Dec. 15, 1986 11:58 PM ET
FINCASTLE, VA. FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) _ A truck driver who shot the 7-year-old son of country singer Ricky Skaggs while driving on an interstate highway pleaded guilty Monday to six charges.
Andrew Lee Skaggs, shot in the head the night of Aug. 17 near the Daleville exit of Interstate 81, faces reconstructive surgery off and on until he is 16.
Edward Dean Duehring could receive up to 52 years in prison on charges of malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle, use of a firearm in a felony, and possession of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Circuit Judge George E. Honts III delayed sentencing until early next year.
Defense attorney Harold Eads said Duehring would take the stand during his sentencing to explain that ''he definitely did not mean to shoot this little boy.''
Brenda Skaggs, the boy's mother and Ricky Skaggs' former wife, said she was driving to Roanoke, with Andrew sitting in the front passenger seat. As she started to pass parked a tractor-trailer, the truck pulled off the shoulder into the right lane.
Ms. Skaggs pulled into the left lane and blew her horn. When she pulled beside the truck she heard a noise, the glass of the passenger window shattered and her son fell into her lap.
Duehring, 37, of Germantown, Md., was arrested later that night.
When officers searched his truck they found small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine and cocaine, state trooper L.C. Isley said.
Duehring's shot hit Andrew Skaggs in his upper lip. The bullet shattered several teeth, cut his tongue and tonsils, broke his jaw, damaged his palate and tore his carotid artery, a major blood vessel.