Trucker spy shooter sentenced

Joseph Volpe, convicted in May on three counts – second-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon — after shooting through the back of Bruce Johnston’s 1997 Peterbilt on I-24 in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2010, was sentenced yesterday, July 18, 2013.


Joseph Volpe will go to a Tennessee state work house for inmates, where he will spend close to a year and thereafter pay restitution of $17,500 to Johnston in $250 installments spanning the next seven years of his life. He got off very easy if you ask me. How can any judge let this man do easy time for attempted murder?

In Tennessee, the average sentence for second-degree attempted murder is between 8 and 30 years in prison, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon it’s 2 to 12 years, and for reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon it’s 1 to 6 years.

No “serious prison time,” Johnston says, he takes heart in knowing that “seven years is a long time commitment, and you know it’ll be a thorn in [Volpe’s] side to write that check. It’ll be a monthly reminder of his actions.”


A little back story on Joseph Volpe. This guy  would drive around the nation’s highways with video cameras hoping to find truck drivers with unsafe driving habits. His  “company,” Third Eye Highway Safety, would then send a copy of the video to the driver’s trucking company who would pay him for exclusive rights to keep the video from being released to the public. What a scumbag using extortion to make a living.


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I am the truck driver that Joseph Volpe shot at. I would like to set the record straight. First off, we had a chance encounter on the Interstate on June 30, 2010, while I was driving through Chattanooga, Tenn. To make a long story short, he got angry with me when I would not get out from behind him, and as it was described in court, it was ultimately a short road-rage incident.

As we started down the ridge cut he came up on the right side of my truck and fired a shot through the back of my sleeper at a left-upward angle. The bullet passed through the back of my seat, over my left shoulder, missing the back of my head by about three inches.

Now the story everyone has been reading about him filming me and me trying to run him off the road — that never happened. I didn’t know anything about any video cameras until he was stopped by the police and arrested. That story started on Dec. 10, 2010, when his then second attorney told the local news that was what happened, according to Volpe, when he was arrested for the charge of first-degree attempted murder. That charge was handed down by a grand jury on Nov. 17, 2010, and from what I’ve seen, that’s where Overdrive and everyone else got that story.

From what I’ve been told by the DA’s office, he had a total of four attorneys assigned to him through the courts. Each attorney was court-appointed. We went to court a total of 13 times before the trial finally got started on May 7 this year and concluded on May 9, with him being found guilty of all three charges – second-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. Needless to say, he was not happy he had a fly by night company he called Third Eye Highway Safety, which he never got a business license for. Sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2013. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome. –Bruce Johnston, owner-operator, Tennessee


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