Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 28, 2014

Third Taco Bell defendant pleads

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — The last defendant with a charge pending in the Taco Bell armed robbery entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge Monday in Cumberland County Criminal Court.

Andrea Nicole Augusti, 27, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of being an accessory after the fact to aggravated armed robbery and received a two-year prison sentence.

In July, co-defendant Ernest Otto Ketelhut, 23, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of robbery. At a sentencing hearing in February, Ketelhut received a three-year sentence with credit for time served and the balance to be served on supervised probation.

Co-defendant Robert Jay Gilleand, 27, pleaded guilty in December 2012 and received a nine-year prison sentence to be served at 30 percent.

The trio was implicated in the June 2012 armed robbery of a Taco Bell assistant manager on a Saturday morning as she walked across the parking lot on her way to the bank with the previous day's receipts. Crossville Police were able to develop suspects early in the case and did recover some of the money stolen in the holdup.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place:

Arraignment

•James Earl Bennett, theft of less than $1,000, continued to April 21 at which time Bennett is to return with an attorney.

•Jason Scott Caruthers, aggravated burglary, theft of less than $1,000, theft of less than $500 and two counts of vandalism, Jeff Vires appointed to represent Caruthers; continued to May 16.

•Thomas Lane Cobb, burglary and theft of less than $10,000, continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Jeffery Lee Coleman, aggravated burglary, auto burglary, theft of less than $1,000, theft of less than $500 and two counts of vandalism, Ivy Gardner appointed to represent Coleman; continued to May 16.

•Thomas Mason Dawson, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana, continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Dayton Carless Dickens Jr., possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, continued to April 21 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Jerrell Wayne Jackson, forgery, aggravated burglary, theft of less than $500 and vandalism, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Jackson; continued to April 21.

•Jennifer A. Lenkowski, forgery, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Lenkowski; continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Rachel Alexandra Looney, five counts of willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult, continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Jason Sherrill, sexual battery, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Sherrill; continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Amanda Grace Smith, theft of less than $1,000 and theft of less than $500, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Smith; continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Brandon L. Speck, simple possession/casual exchange of methamphetamine, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ten days in jail and ordered held for bond hearing.

•David Dewayne Troutt, five counts of theft of less than $1,000, Ivy Gardner appointed to represent Troutt; continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Andrew Boyd White, burglary and theft of less than $1,000, Matthew Edwards appointed to represent White; continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.

•Austin Tyler Wolverton, statutory rape, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Wolverton; continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.