By Michael R. Moser
Kelly Scott Hood had a change of heart and instead of placing his future in the hands of a jury, he opted to plead guilty to theft of a piece of heavy equipment and aggravated burglary. In exchange he received a split sentence and court-ordered rehab.
Hood, 30, who formerly listed an address on Malver Dr., was facing a host of burglary and theft related charges in General Sessions and Criminal Court when he cut the deal with state prosecutors.
Hood pleaded guilty to theft of a John Deere skid steer (logging equipment) valued at $22,000 from a work site off Rock Quarry Rd. in February 2013. He told officers at the time that his vehicle had become stuck behind a cellular phone tower and that he "borrowed" the skidder to free his vehicle.
Hood also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary in connection with the July 2013 breakin of a residence on Bradford Dr. and the assault of a Bradford Dr. resident.
His third plea was to attempted theft of less than $10,000 relating to the theft of a vehicle.
Added up, Hood will serve one year in jail with credit for 222 days already served and, once finished with his jail sentence, will serve the next seven years on probation. Part of the probation requirements are mandatory long-term in-patient rehab.
Remaining charges against Hood were dismissed.
In other cases on the docket, the following took place.
•Mark David Barnwell, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and simple possession/casual exchange of meth, state to drop charges.
•Brock Justin Dunaway, sexual battery and child abuse, neglect or endangerment, continued to May 16.
•James Robert Eldridge, theft of less than $10,000, theft of less than $500, possession of a schedule I drug with intent to sell or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, continued to May 9.
•Jennifer K. Holter, theft of less than $10,000, continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.
•Scottie Eugene Lenz, burglary, aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of less than $500, aggravated assault and vandalism, Ivy Gardner allowed to withdraw from the case; Robert Zecher appointed to represent Lenz and continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.
•Raymond Vance Manning, aggravated burglary and theft of less than $60,000, Public Defender's Office allowed to withdraw from the case; J. Hamby appointed to represent Manning and continued to the May 2 discussion docket and May 9 deadline docket.
•Nathaniel H. Payne, aggravated assault, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.
•Ashley Rich, theft of less than $60,000, continued to May 9.
•Joshua R. Robbins, evading arrest, second offense driving on a revoked license and revoked license, continued to May 16.
•Seth Louis Sherrill, aggravated burglary and theft of less than $1,000, continued to April 21.