Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 18, 2013

Business burglary plea nets 4 years

Unrelated meth plea nets 2 years

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man accused of going on a crime spree while most others were celebrating by ringing in the new year has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of burglary and theft and has received a four-year prison sentence.

Nathan Kenneth Sherrill, 19, 40 Diane St., entered his plea before Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns and as part of the agreement, will be required to pay restitution of $3,150 to four business owners in downtown Crossville.

"The difficulty for the defendant is, if he gets into trouble again, his sentence will be enhanced," Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie told Burns in announcing the agreement.

Burns then asked the young defendant if he had a drug problem.

"We're you influenced by drugs when this happened?" Burns asked, to which the defendant responded with an affirmative nod. "I hope you get help ... we don't want you to serve your time and then come back out on the street and do this again."

When Sherrill was arrested for the crime spree, which took place during a relatively short period of time, he gave Crossville Police a statement admitting to the crimes. This gave his attorney, Assistant Public Defender John Nisbet, little to build a defense.

Places broken into included Big Boy's BBQ, the Youth Center, Randal Boston's law office, the Bible Book Store and Miller Thrift.

Sherrill was facing trial on Nov. 8. He had been charged with five counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft less than $10,000, two counts of theft of less than $500, evading arrest, tampering with evidence and underage consumption.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary, with the remaining charges dropped. He was also given credit for the 262 days he has served in jail since his arrest.

In other cases, the following guilty pleas were entered:

•Samuel Travis Luttrell, 25, charged with driving under the influence and evading arrest, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was fined $360 and court costs, two days in jail and loss of license for one year. He was also placed on probation for 11 months and 29 days. Evading arrest charge was dropped.

•Jason Lee Slaven, 35, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to attempted promotion of the manufacture of meth and received a two-year prison sentence with credit for 524 days already served.

•Kabrina Meshail Fravel, charged with simple possession of methamphetamine, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of a legend drug, was granted pre-trial diversion and placed on supervised probation for three years.

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