Mother charged with pointing a gun

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Kathy Jefcoats


An Ellenwood mother has been charged with pointing a handgun at the owner of a day care center, during an alleged altercation over late fees.

Linnea Denise Wynn, 39, has bonded out of the Clayton County Jail on her single charge of aggravated assault.

Clayton County police said Wynn argued with day care center owner, Devon Janee Stella Hall, 32, of Bridlewood Court, in Jonesboro.

During the alleged confrontation, Hall sprayed pepper spray at Wynn, who retrieved a .380-caliber handgun and pointed it at her, police said.

The women allegedly argued over late fees for Wynn's child care. Wynn could not be reached for comment.

Clayton County records do not show that Hall holds a business license to operate a day care center out of her home. Hall refused to address the issue when contacted Tuesday afternoon.

"I don't want to talk about it anymore," said Hall, before ending the conversation simply by hanging up. "I am tired of talking about it. I would appreciate it if you would not call my cell phone anymore."

On March 25, 2010, Hall was cited for operating a day care center from her Stockbridge apartment without a license. She pleaded no contest to the complaint and was sentenced April 15, 2010, to five days in jail and a $250 fine.

Her jail sentence was suspended upon payment of the fine. A special condition of her sentence was that Hall stay out of trouble for the next 12 months.

According to Clayton County State Court records, Hall was cited less than seven months later, Nov. 1, for causing a disruption at Mt. Zion Elementary School. Court documents allege that Hall used "fighting words" in the presence of two women.

She pleaded guilty Jan. 4, to disrupting a public school and the state dropped two counts of disorderly conduct. Hall was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $300 fine, and ordered to undergo anger management.

On Feb. 28, the court determined Hall violated her probation by failing to complete the anger management course, but allowed her to continue her sentence outside of jail.

Two days later, court records show her probation ended when she proved she paid $410 in fines and fees, and completed the required course.