Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 7, 2013

Burglaries draw three years on probation

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE —

A Knox County man with local ties charged with two burglaries pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court Sept. 18 and received a three-year suspended sentence.

Jason Scott Caruthers, 35, of 58 Fox Den Lane, Knoxville, was indicted for the Jan. 18 burglary of a home on Poplar Dr. in the county. He was also charged with theft of less than $10,000 and vandalism of less than $10,000. The second count of aggravated burglary came in the form of an information, with Caruthers waiving his right to have evidence presented to the grand jury.

In the Poplar Dr. break-in, a homeowner arrived home to find a red vehicle parked in her driveway, close to the rear of her home. She blocked the vehicle with her vehicle and was then approached by a man and woman. A third person was in the vehicle.

She confronted the intruders and they left. The victim later discovered that a safe, jewelry, handgun and laptop computer were missing. The suspect's vehicle was later recovered near Circle K on N. Main St. and Caruthers was taken into custody.

As part of his sentencing agreement, Caruthers is to serve three-years on supervised probation, is to pay $2,000 in restitution and complete A&D assessment and followup.

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

•Ricky Lee Bertram, 43, charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to attempt to initiate the process to manufacture meth and received a three-year suspended sentence under terms of judicial diversion to be served on supervised probation.

•Deborah Lee Hawley, 32, charged with aggravated burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and vandalism of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charges and received a three-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.

•Kevin Michael Garner, 41, vandalism of less than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on probation, to complete long-term rehab and pay $500 in restitution.

•Taylan S. Farris, 22. pleaded guilty to an information charging aggravated assault and violation of community corrections and received a total of three years to serve on the assault charge, suspended with six months to serve at 30 percent. He is to serve the balance of two years on the community corrections violation, consecutive to the assault sentence.

•Leandra Taylor, 22, pleaded guilty to an information charging theft of more than $1,000 and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served under supervised probation conditions of judicial diversion.

•Larry G. Neal, 43, pleaded guilty to an information charging manufacture, delivery of sale of methamphetamine and was sentenced to one year to serve in jail followed by seven years of supervised probation.

•Robert Michael Roux, 55, charged with violation of conditions of the state's sex offender registry law, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail with the remainder of a one-year sentence on supervised probation.