Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 30, 2013

Arrest leads to probation revocation

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A person sentenced to probation in 2010 for possessing methamphetamine for resale had his probation revoked earlier this month after gaining new charges and, in an unrelated case, a man charged with two counts of assault appears headed for a December trial.

James Jeremiah Pugh, 41, was serving eight years on probation for possession of methamphetamine for resale and possession of marijuana for sale guilty pleas entered in Criminal Court before Judge David Patterson in March 2010.

Part of the conditions of that plea was to abide by rules established by Drug Court under which he was originally sentenced. Once completing Drug Court supervision, Pugh was supposed to be supervised by the Department of Corrections Board of Pardons and Parole.

Pugh failed to abide by conditions of his probation and picked up a new drug-related charge which resulted in Patterson revoking his probation and ordering him to serve the balance of his sentence.

The revocation was based, in part, on a July 2013 traffic stop by Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Jason Elmore who found four small plastic bags of meth during the resulting search.

Patterson ordered that an old $2,000 fine be waived, but a new fine plus restitution in the case be paid.

In an unrelated case, Brier Wightman is facing two counts of assault. The case was moved to a Dec. 9 motion and hearing date and a trial set for Dec. 12.