BELTON — After two hours of deliberation, a six-person jury found Christopher “C.J.” Grisham guilty of interfering with the duties of a Temple police officer, a Class A misdemeanor.
Grisham’s wife, Emily, cried at the announcement of the verdict.
The punishment phase of the trial will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Grisham, an Army master sergeant who lives in Temple, opted to let the jury determine his punishment, the maximum of which could be a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.
Grisham’s second trial started Monday. His first trial in October resulted in a hung jury.
The charges, and both trials, stemmed from an incident with Temple Police Officer Steve Ermis, which occurred on March 16 while Grisham and his son, Chris, were on a 10-mile hike for Boy Scout merit badge. Grisham was openly carrying an AR-15 rifle and a concealed handgun, for which he had a permit. Ermis testified that in his 30-plus years as a law enforcement officer it was the first time he had ever encountered someone “walking down a roadway with a long gun.”
The case earned the attention of gun-rights advocates and national media outlets after a cellphone video of Grisham’s arrest, which was recorded by his son, was posted on the Internet and went viral.