Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 14, 2013

Woman pleads to drug fraud again

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville area woman charged with multiple counts of prescription fraud twice faced the charges in Cumberland County Criminal Court and, after failing an alternative probation, last week was placed on supervised probation.

Amber Marie Burgess, 31, was facing four counts of prescription fraud — charges that carried a total of four years in prison — plus one count of criminal impersonation. She pleaded guilty to one count of prescription fraud last Wednesday, and in exchange for her plea, received a suspended sentence.

She agreed to serve two years on supervised probation.

Burgess was granted pretrial diversion in August of 2010 and was to meet certain conditions of probation for two years. If successful, she could have petitioned the court to have the charges removed from her record.

She was accused of receiving hydrocodone pills from four different pharmacies in Crossville on July 19, 2009.

Because she failed to complete terms and conditions of diversion, the case was placed back on the docket, leading to her guilty plea.

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

Judicial diversion

•Reece Michael Aytes, 19, charged with theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty and was granted judicial diversion. Aytes received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on probation, is to make $125 restitution with co-defendants, and if successful, Aytes can later petition the court to have the charge removed from his record.

•Donathan James Davis, 19, charged with theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received judicial diversion. Was placed on probation for two years and is to pay $125 restitution.

•Kara Bess Overton, 44, charged with theft of more than $10,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a six-year suspended sentence to be served on probation under terms of judicial diversion. Overton is to pay $28,025 restitution and court costs.

•Eskel Sherrill, 63, charged with theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on probation under terms of judicial diversion.

•Juliana Danniele Hunter, 20, charged with felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, pleaded guilty to evading arrest and was placed on supervised probation for one year under judicial diversion.Other charges were dropped.

• Tomas Allen Lansford, 31, entered a presentment to the charges of oxycodone and simple possession of hydrocodone, pleaded guilty to a total of two years, suspended, with six months to serve and the balance under supervised probation under judicial diversion. Fine was waived.