Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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November 7, 2012

Man pleads to counterfeit bill charge

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man arrested in October for passing counterfeit $100 bills pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court last week and received a split sentence.

Jeffrey Shane Patton, 47, charged with criminal simulation, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year split sentence with credit for 14 days already served and then the remainder on probation.

Oct. 15 police were called to Middle Tennessee Natural Gas on Old Jamestown Hwy., where they met with Jory D. Lawson of the Inn of the Cumberlands. Lawson was paying a gas bill when he learned the $100 bills given to him for rent were counterfeit.

Crossville Police Lt. Larry Qualls and Det. Bill Padgett were called to investigate and traveled to the inn where they found Patton. The suspect told police he had gotten the counterfeit bills from a brother in Texas.

Patton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug and criminal simulation (counterfeiting). The guilty plea settles the drug cases.

In other cases on the docket, the following guilty pleas were entered:

•Matthew Donald Loveday, 29, charged with arson and theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to setting fire to personal property and was placed under house arrest of community corrections for two years and was ordered to pay restitution, if any. He also pleaded guilty to theft of less than $500 and received the same sentence, to run concurrently.

•Chase Brian Rogers, 32, charged with theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a three-year suspended sentence to be served under supervised probation, to pay $5,100 restitution and $75 to the Economic Crime Fund.

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