Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 26, 2010

Brown receives 45-year prison sentence

A Cumberland County woman will spend the next 45 years of her life in prison after she pleaded guilty to shooting and killing her mother and stepfather last year.

Fuming tempers over custody of her children and alcohol consumption were believed to contribute to the shooting.

Lisa Ann Brown, 32, of Millstone Mountain Rd., was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Charles D. Morris Jr. and his wife, Barbara A. Morris, on Feb. 6 last year. The couple were found shot in their home by a family member.

Charles Morris was dead at the scene and his wife died the following morning at a Knoxville trauma center.

Brown pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to two counts of second-degree murder, which is knowingly killing another person.

Brown, who was shackled at the hands and feet, wore a county corrections orange scrub uniform with white socks and sandals. She sat slightly slouched in her chair and showed no emotion during most of the hearing.

However, she broke down, sobbing in tears at the podium when she tried to read a statement to the court near the end of the hearing.

Her attorney, Robert Zecher, read the statement for her.

"I'm afraid my voice will fail ... it feels inadequate and like any apology is viewed as an afterthought, but I am sorry for the devastation and destruction I've caused to everyone ... I have come to terms with the price I have to pay ... I am forever sorry and have yet to forgive myself ...," Brown wrote in her statement.

Brown said her heart ached for her family, her children and that she had faith in the compassion of the human heart to forgive and loved her sisters.

She apologized to her sisters and two young daughters and all of her family.

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