Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 5, 2014

Second defendant in Taco Bell robbery sentenced

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — The second of three defendants charged in the armed robbery of a Taco Bell employee was sentenced to three years for his role in the crime.

Ernest Otto Ketelhut, 23, formerly of Goshen, IN, but living in Cumberland County at the time of the incident, was originally charged with aggravated robbery and felony evading arrest. Ketelhut received a three-year sentence with credit for time served and the balance to be served on supervised probation.

Ketelhut and co-defendants Robert Jay Gilleand, 26, formerly of Avon Rd., and Andrea Nicole Augusti, 26, also of Avon Rd., a former employee of the fast food restaurant, were arrested by Crossville Police in connection with the holdup.

"Mr. Ketelhut was the least culpable in the crime and was very cooperative with lawn enforcement in apprehending those responsible," said Assistant District Amanda Hunter. "The state is pleased that Mr. Gilleand will be serving a nine-year prison sentence for planning and committing the robbery."

Hunter added that Ketelhut has had a year to "reflect on his failure to remove himself and warn law enforcement sooner."

Gilleand pleaded guilty in December to a reduced charge of robbery — a class F felony — and received a nine-year prison sentence to be served at 30 percent. Investigators said Gilleand was the gunmen in the holdup, and that Ketelhut drove the getaway car.

On June 9, 2012, a restaurant assistant manager was walking across the parking lot to her vehicle to take the previous day's receipts to the bank when a man walked up behind her, stuck a gun in her back and made off with the bank bag containing $2,700. When arrested, Ketelhut gave Crossville Police Det. Bill Padgett a statement, admitting he was the getaway driver that day.

Augusti's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 14.

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

Set for trial

•Jimmy Franklin Brown Jr., aggravated burglary and theft of less than $60,000, bond revoked; set for trial March 27.

Probation violations

•Crystal Gail Cope, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve balance of her sentence.

•Donathan G. Davis, eight counts of probation violation, continued to March 24.

•Matthew Robert Evans, Robert Zecher appointed to represent Evans; probation revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Amy Joe Garrett, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Garrett; revocation hearing continued to April 21.

•Curtis Franklin Selby, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Austin; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Kevin Shane Price, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Austin; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Travis L. Sadula, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Austin; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Kozzi Christopher Cole, Jeff Vires appointed to represent Cole; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Nicholas Jason Leach, two counts of probation violation, Robert Zecher appointed to represent Leach; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Austin Shane Lewis, two counts of probation violation, Jeff Vires appointed to represent Lewis; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Jason Russell Randolph, two counts of probation violation, probation revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Teresa Faye Austin, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Austin; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Billy Ray Conley, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Conley; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Jamie J. Davis, probation revoked because of violations, ordered to serve six months.

•Mary Ann Debord, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve 30 days in jail on weekends and probation extended until all is paid.

•Eric A. McCoy, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent McCoy; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Brandon Scott McDonald, John Williams appointed to represent McDonald; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Celina E. Rich, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Rich; revocation hearing continued to March 24.

•Melissa A. Whittaker, judicial diversion terminated, ordered to serve 50 days in jail and probation extended one year.

•James Patrick Brock, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Brock; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•David W. Cantrell, probation revocation hearing continued to Jan. 29 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Jason S. Caruthers, Jeff Vires appointed to represent Caruthers, revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Robert Paul Elmore, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Elmore; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Dana June Forpahl, revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Timothy Hall, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve balance of his sentence.

•Ashley Elizabeth Locke, Kelly Tollett appointed to represent Locke; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 29.

•Jesse Cole Manis, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve 90 days in jail and then probation transferred to community corrections.

•Daniel Ray Reed, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve six months in jail and then transferred to community corrections.

•Kristopher Shaw Shipley, probation revocation hearing continued to March 24.

•Jason Lee Slaven, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Slaven; revocation hearing continued to March 24.

•William Howard Wachenheim, probation revoked because of violations; probation extended one year.

•Austin Tyler Wolverton, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Wolverton; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Justin Lee Young, probation revocation hearing continued to March 24.

Community corrections

•Terry Lee Cydrus, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Cydrus; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Kimberly Lynn Dunlap, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Dunlap; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Lonnie Jay Hale, probation revoked because of violations.

•Travis Leo Howard, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve one year in jail and then released back under community corrections.

•Daniel Lee Matthews, probation revoked because of violations; given credit for time served and placed back on probation.

•Adam Garth Murphy, probation revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•James Jeremiah Pugh, probation revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.

•Freddie Thomas Rector, probation revoked because of violations; released with credit for time served and probation reset at three years.

•Dwayne A. Stoner, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Stoner; revocation hearing continued to Feb. 14.