The Kenna man arrested earlier this month on 20 misdemeanor counts stemming from a domestic dispute on First Creek Road is now facing additional felony charges in Magistrate Court.


The Kenna man arrested earlier this month on 20 misdemeanor counts stemming from a domestic dispute on First Creek Road is now facing additional felony charges in Magistrate Court. 

Billy Joe Bragg, 48, was arrested January 6 on two counts of receiving stolen property, 11 counts of a felon in possession of firearms, three counts of brandishing a deadly weapon, three counts of domestic assault and one count of domestic battery following a domestic dispute allegedly fueled by alcohol and pills in which he allegedly punched his wife in the face, pointed a SKS rifle at her and their two daughters, threatened to kill them and sought them with firearms on a four wheeler after they fled the residence.

Bragg was taken into custody that night at gunpoint by Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies after he was found traveling on his four-wheeler near a neighbor’s home. 

According to the new complaint filed by arresting officer Lt. C.C. Metz, on Monday, January 11, Linda Sue Moffatt, Bragg’s neighbor, called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Bragg had left two firearms at her residence. 

Sgt. J.F. Bare traveled to the Moffatt residence and retrieved a .30-.30 caliber lever action rifle and a Remington 870 Wingmaster 20-guage pump shotgun.  Bare also retrieved 14 live rounds of ammunition that Bragg had apparently thrown to the ground near the front porch of the residence. 

Additionally, Moffatt and her husband, Theodore, gave Bare three rounds of ammunition from the lever-action rifle and an additional bullet fragment that they retrieved from their living room wall. 

On Friday, January 15, Captain Herb Faber of the Sheriff’s Department traveled to the Moffatt residence to take a further statement of the events from the night of January 6. 

According to the Moffatts, Bragg arrived at their residence on his four wheeler and came into their house wieldling the .30-30 rifle and a revolver.  After cocking the hammer on the revolver, Bragg allegedly asked the couple if his wife, Connie Bragg, was in the residence. 

The Moffatts told him she was not but, fearing what Bragg might do, they let him search the house.  After not finding her, Bragg allegedly walked out onto the front porch, turned and fired a round from the .30-30 rifle into the Moffatt’s living room which traveled through the outside wall, into a mounted deer head where the bullet apparently fractured and struck several different locations inside the house. 

Bragg then allegedly tried to load his guns onto his four-wheeler, but was unsuccessful. He then gave some of the guns to Theodore Moffatt, allegedly saying, “You can have them, I’m going to jail anyway.”  Bragg then left the residence on his four-wheeler. 

Based on the new statements, Metz obtained warrants for felony charges of wanton endangerment and breaking and entering. 

Bragg was arraigned and placed on an additional $100,000 bond.  He remains lodged in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of bond on all 22 charges.