Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 22, 2010

Defendant enters guilty plea in assault case

By Michael R. Moser / mmoser@crossville-chronicle.com

A Cumberland County man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in an attempted second-degree murder case and escaped serving prison time by accepting a probationary period twice as long as his sentence.

Lonnie Sherrill, 54, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, a Class B felony that carries an 8- to 30-year sentence and fine up to $25,000.

By reading a sentencing agreement, he pleaded guilty to the Class C felony of aggravated assault and received a five-year sentence that was then suspended for ten years on probation.

Conditions of the sentencing agreement include having no contact with the victim in the case.

In other cases on the docket March 8, the following took place.

Guilty pleas

•Jerri Lea Brown, 29, charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on probation.

•Anthony Edward Britton, charged with two counts of initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to attempt to process or manufacture meth and received a three-year sentence to serve.

•Stacy Ann Cox, 23, charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, case was dropped. Cox then pleaded guilty to an information charging possession of drug paraphernalia and received an 11-month and 29-days prison sentence to be served on probation, was fined $150 and court costs. Cox also pleaded to simple possession and received the same sentence, consecutive to the paraphernalia charge, and was fined $250 and court costs.

•Daniel L. Jackson, 20, two counts of aggravated burglary, theft more than $1,000 and theft more than $500, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary and received a four-year suspended sentence to be served on probation. Jackson is to also be responsible for restitution.

•Viola Terry Norton, 43, charged with two counts each of sale and delivery of a schedule III drug and one count each of sale and delivery of morphine, pleaded guilty to the charges and received a four-year sentence, suspended and to be served on supervised probation. Is also to pay $280 restitution to the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

•Nathaniel H. Payne, 28, charged with three counts of theft more than $1,000 and passing a forged instrument, pleaded guilty to one count of theft more than $1,000 and received a two-year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Remaining cases were dropped.

•Erikka R. Ridinger, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to the lesser promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation with credit for time served. Fine and court costs were waived.

•Jeremy Floyd Hoskins, 36, charged with two counts of aggravated assault, pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault and received two 11-month and 29-day suspended sentences with 60 days to serve, consecutively, for a total of 120 days in jail. He will then be released on probation for the balance of the two 11-month and 29-days sentences.

•David Timothy Eldridge, 50, charged with fifth offense driving under the influence, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence with 150 days to serve, was fined $3,010 and court costs and loss of driver's license for three years.

•Abe T. Collins, 36, charged with aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received a six-year suspended sentence to be served on probation with the first year under house arrest of the community corrections program and the remainder on supervised probation if all terms and conditions are met. Second count was dismissed and fines were waived. The probation is concurrent with a sentence from Putnam County and one condition is completion of a 60-day in-patient program at Buffalo Valley followed by intensive out-patient program attendance.

Pretrial diversion

•James Lloyd Headrick, sexual battery by an authority figure, received two years probation under terms of a pretrial diversion agreement.

•Jamie J. Davis, two counts of forgery and two counts of passing a forged instrument, pre-trial diversion hearing set for May 7.

Deadline docket

•Nicholas Neil Brady, child abuse, continued to May 7.

•David Anthony Morris, rape, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued to May 7.

•Vickie E. Padgett, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued to May 7.

•Kimberly M. Randolph, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ten days in jail and ordered held for bond hearing.

•Jamie D. Richards, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued to May 7.

•Christopher W. Davis, aggravated statutory rape, continued to May 7.

Hearings and motions

•Lisa Ann Brown, two counts of first-degree murder, motion hearing continued to March 15.

•Billy Conley, motion to waive fines and court costs in host of drunk driving and driving offense charges continued to March 15.

•Stephen Quinn Hall, pre-trial diversion application pending in two counts of statutory rape and other sexual offenses, continued to April 20.

•Anthony John Kanter, manufacture of marijuana, placed on pre-trial diversion for two years.

•James LeRoy Poston, second-degree murder, motion hearing continued to May 7.

•Charles A. Wyatt, theft more than $10,000, report date continued until April 20 to check on status of restitution payment.

•Daniel J. Weaks, motion to certify as habitual motor vehicle offender continued to May 7.

•John Joseph Thompson, five counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of theft more than $1,000 and vandalism more than $500, continued to March 15.

•Joshua Paul Lewis, two counts of rape of a child and attempted rape of a child, motion for reduction of bond denied; continued to April 20.

•Tylor Dewayne Flowers, two counts of aggravated burglary, theft of merchandise, bond remains at $100,000; motion to relieve Marshall Bonding from the bond continued to March 15.

Probation violations

•Alvin F. Lane, probation revocation hearing continued to March 15 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Adam Alexander Mullins, on probation for multiple burglary and vandalism charges and a suspended license charge, had probation revoked and had supervision transferred from Fentress County to Cumberland County. Was given credit for time served.

•Joseph Shane Harvel, probation revocation hearing continued to June 11 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Cory Alton McDaniel, on probation because of an aggravated assault case, pleaded guilty to probation violations and was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence.

•Michael John Randolph, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; bond set at $1,000 and revocation hearing continued to June 11.

Community corrections

•Casey Michael Valdez, on probation because of drug charges, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve the balance of his five-year sentence.

•Tommy R. Meadows, on probation because of a promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine charge, had his probation revoked and was ordered to serve the balance of a two-year sentence with credit for 30 days served.