Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 4, 2014

Man charged with assaulting TWRA officers with vehicle

Hunting privileges suspended for two years after plea

CROSSVILLE — A man accused of attempting to run down two wildlife officers with his vehicle when they investigated a deer spotlighting incident has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and has been banned from hunting for the next two years.

Timmy Lamar Lewis, 38, Christian Rd., was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury in March on two charges of reckless aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, evading arrest with a motor vehicle and spotlighting deer.

The incident took place Nov. 4, 2012. Prosecuting officers listed on the indictment were Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Officers Bobby Brown, Ben Davis, Nick Luper and Christy Twilla.

According to the indictment, Lewis was accused of driving his vehicle at Wildlife Officers Davis and Luper, causing the two agents to "reasonably fear imminent bodily injury... "

Lewis pleaded guilty to evading arrest with a motor vehicle and spotlighting deer and was granted judicial diversion. He was placed under 18 months of supervised probation, while the remaining charges were dismissed.

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

•Michael Shermin Sturgill, 25, charged with aggravated burglary and theft of less than $60,000, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000 and received a four-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation on condition he completes long-term drug rehab. He is to also pay, with co-defendants, restitution of $11,045.

•Larry Benton Davis, 29, charged with aggravated burglary and theft of less than $10,000, pleaded guilty to the two charges and received a five-year suspended sentence. Davis was then granted judicial diversion and placed on supervised probation for five years and is responsible for $1,893.83 in restitution.

•Jimmy Lynn Barnwell, 43, charged with aggravated burglary, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a six-year suspended sentence with nine months to serve and the balance on supervised probation. He is to also pay restitution, if any, and is restrained from having contact with the victims.

•Randy Ray Peebles, 40, pleaded guilty to an information charging possession of less than .5 grams of methamphetamine for sale and received a five-year suspended sentence to be served on probation, on condition he completes one year of in-house rehab.

•Dwayne L. Smith, 39, violation of the sex offender registry law, pleaded guilty to the information and received a two-year suspended sentence with 90 days to serve in jail.

•Chadwick McElhaney Montgomery, 35, pleaded guilty to a corrected information from an earlier plea to identity theft, theft of more than $500 and five counts of worthless checks for a total of eight years with one year to serve and the remainder on supervised probation.

•Kayla Starr Hedgecoth, 23, charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution, pleaded guilty to attempt to introduce contraband into a penal institution and received a 30-month suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.

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