Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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December 19, 2013

Theft, vandalism draws 6-year sentence

Restitution was nearly $260,000

CROSSVILLE — A defendant who earlier this year pleaded guilty for his role in a theft and vandalism case that resulted in one of the highest restitution crimes in the county has been sentenced to prison.

Christopher Lee Duff, 24, pleaded guilty to theft of more than $10,000 and child endangerment on Oct. 28 and last week stood before Criminal Court Judge David Patterson to learn his fate.

Duff was originally charged with theft of more than $250,000, vandalism of more than $250,000, child endangerment, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia. The remaining charges were dropped.

During Duff's sentencing hearing, a representative of the company that was victim in the case — Highways Inc. — testified that of the $259,158.32 in damages the company suffered, all but $13,705.21 had been paid by the company's insurance carrier.

That amount represents a $5,000 deductible on the company's insurance policy and miscellaneous losses not covered by the insurance.

Duff was one of the persons investigators identified as breaking into the company's facility located off Old Mail Rd. in the city. Equipment and metal was stolen and fuel lines were cut, resulting in a major environmental cleanup from the site to Hwy. 127 S in the area of the Minit Chek.

"I am sorry for my actions, for the people I have hurt," Duff said in a statement to the court prior to sentencing. He added that he wanted help for a drug problem he has and concluded, "I want something different (for his life)."

Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie countered that Duff had committed four crimes in a two-month period and that should be considered when sentenced.

Defense attorney Matthew Edwards countered that his client was seeking something less than a prison sentence, suggesting a split confinement. He also argued that Duff should only be responsible for the $5,000 deductible.

Noting the two separate offenses for which he stood before the court, and that his sentence would only be served at 30 percent under state law, Patterson ordered Duff to serve the full six years.

In other cases, the following took place:

Motions and hearings

•Franklin Dewey Adcox, tampering with evidence, state to drop charges.

•Kimberly Dawn DeRossett, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; motion to terminate diversion hearing continued.

•Russell Alan Ratliff, possession of a controlled substance for resale, motion to suppress continued to Jan. 24 with summons issued.

•Richard Lynn Sherrill, driving under the influence and violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law, motion for new trial continued to Jan. 24.

•Allen Anthony Smith, aggravated sexual battery, motion hearing continued to March 10.

•Stephen Robert Stults, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, theft of less than $10,000, theft of less than $500 and simple possession/casual exchange, continued to the Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.

•Brier Wightman, two counts of assault, continued to Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.

•Dana Andrew Woody, theft of less than $10,000, set for trial March 28.

•Leslie N. Woody, theft of less than $10,000, set for trial March 28.

•Katherine Renee Clark, continued to Jan. 24 for tracking of rehab progress.

•Russell Edwards, motion to waive $610 in fines granted.

•Rhonda Nicole Howard, summons issued for hearing on Jan. 24.

•Ronald Keith Pugh, case continued to April 21 for tracking of court costs payment.

•Cody Rickey Cofer, post conviction relief petition hearing continued.

•Ronald William Ripley, theft of less than $500, bond set at $1,500; continued to the Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.


•Bryan Allen Lamoureaux, sexual battery, continued to April 21.

•Nathaniel R. Lake, three counts of aggravated burglary, robbery, three counts of theft of less than $10,000 and vandalism, bond set at $160,000; continued to Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.

Probation violations

•Daniel Ray Reed, Public Offender's Office appointed to represent Reed; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Melissa A. Whittaker, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Whittaker; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Kristopher Shawn Shipley, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Shipley; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Michael James Davis, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear for revocation hearing; ten days in jail and ordered held for bond hearing.

•Dana June Forpahl, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Matthew L. Grant, had probation revoked because of positive drug screen and was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and then serve balance of sentence on probation.

•Alan Dewayne Light, probation hearing continued to March 3 to monitor payment effort.

•Jesse Cole Manis, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Manis; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Nathaniel Aaron Snowden, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 29.

•Johnny Earl Stokes, revocation hearing continued to the Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.

•Alastis Morris Bilbrey, revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Antoinette Flue LaCasse, probation revoked and ordered to serve time in jail until Dec. 23.

•Donnie Lynn Rector, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.

Community corrections

•Steve Charles, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to enroll in long-term  treatment program for nine months and then back out on community corrections; continued to Feb. 14 for status report.

•Johnny Ray Davis, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 29.

•Sandra Joyce Grisham, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear for revocation hearing; continued to the Jan. 17 deadline docket and Jan. 24 deadline docket.

•Lonnie Jay Hale, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Hale; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Travis Leo Howard, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Daniel Lee Matthews, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Adam Garth Murphy, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Freddie Thomas Rector, John Williams appointed to represent Rector; bond denied and revocation hearing continued to Jan. 24.

•Michael Allen Bible, completed Faith Farms program; returned back to community corrections for balance of three-year sentence.

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