In what his attorney called a “best-interest plea,” a White Bluff man was sentenced to two years on probation for shooting a former tenant in the legs during an April dispute. 35-year-old William Leroy Cathey of Lincoln Road pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of reckless aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon Tuesday in Dickson County Circuit Court. Assistant District Attorney Billy Miller said Cathey shot 49-year-old William Darrell Cathey twice in the legs with a .22-caliber rifle during what police described as a landlord-tenant dispute April 1. Police said the two men are not related despite having the same first and last names. Defense attorney Olin Baker told Judge Robert Burch he was confident his client has a solid claim of self-defense on the original aggravated assault charge but would have a more difficult time defending the weapon charge, since Cathey has a previous felony drug conviction and admitted to having the rifle. Baker said it is a “no-brainer” for his client to take the state’s probation offer and enter a “best-interest plea.” Miller said the day of the shooting there was a disagreement over rent between the two men and William Darrell Cathey threatened William Leroy Cathey by brandishing a piece of steel. Miller said William Leroy Cathey told his tenant to stop and fired his rifle at the ground but when William Darrell Cathey continued to advance he shot him twice in the legs. Burch sentenced William Leroy Cathey to two years on probation on both charges, to be served concurrently with each other but to be consecutive to his probation on the previous drug conviction, for which he was placed back on probation after admitting to a violation for the shooting. Burch also scheduled a hearing for Jan. 29 to determine how much restitution William Leroy Cathey will have to pay William Darrell Cathey.