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Jail inmate breaks jaw during volleyball fight

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A Nashville teen accused of robbing a Hendersonville business last month has since been charged with aggravated assault after police say he broke another inmate's jaw during a dispute about a volleyball game at the Sumner County Jail.

The altercation took place at the Gallatin facility's recreation yard between inmates Kimani Pendergrass and Brian Lamar Wilson on Sept. 16, according to an arrest affidavit.

"I was told by Wilson (that) during a volleyball game he and Pendergrass were arguing over who's turn it was to serve when Pendergrass got mad and punched him in the face," according to the document. "Two written inmate statements (said) Pendergrass got mad at Wilson during the game and hit him in the mouth causing Wilson to hit his head on the wall and floor."

Wilson was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin and then TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he was treated for a broken jaw and orbital fractures. Due to the severity of the injuries, his mouth had to be wired shut for treatment.

While listening audio recordings of the jail's phonelines, investigators were able to hear Pendergrass brag to his girlfriend that he hit Wilson "hard as hell" because he was "talking that (expletive)," according to the affidavit. The 19-year-old then added he "threw (Wilson) on the ground and put a fat (expletive) knot on his head."

Pendergrass was one of four teens arrested last month in connection with the Sept. 12 armed robbery of The Bread Box market on Nokes Drive off Walton Ferry Road. The store's clerk told police that two black males brandishing weapons entered the business around 12:26 a.m. and demanded money.

The suspects then fled on foot after taking $32 in cash and several packs of cigarettes from the store. No one was injured during the robbery.

As of Tuesday, Pendergrass was still being held in the Sumner County Jail on $103,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Oct. 11.

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