Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 19, 2006

Burglary, theft suspect who fled from police sentenced to three years

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man who fled from city police after being observed driving in an erratic manner, and who has been connected with burglaries and thefts, entered a guilty plea in Criminal Court last week and was sentenced to three years in prison.

James Eric Ford, 27, last known address to be Prentice St., appeared in Criminal Court before Judge Lillie Ann Sells and accepted a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to burglary and two counts of theft more than $1,000.

He was originally charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, three counts of theft more than $1,000, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and two counts of driving on a revoked license.

All charges but the one burglary and two thefts were dismissed.

Five of the charges rose from a March 2005 incident when Crossville Police Ptl. Samuel Causey attempted to stop a vehicle Ford was driving on Fourth St. Causey wrote in his report that Ford entered Myrtle Ave. in a reckless manner and then bailed out of the car on Thompson Lane.

The vehicle, with two women in it, rolled to a stop with no one getting injured. Inside the vehicle police discovered components for the clandestine making of methamphetamine. In that incident he was charged with possession of precursors for the making of meth, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license.

He was later taken into custody about two miles from where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving.

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

Guilty pleas

•Robert Larry Hall, charged with two counts of theft more than $1,000, was placed on pre-trial diversion and will serve one year on probation. The case involved a deck building agreement dispute in which Hall was to build a deck for a local resident, accepted money but did not perform the work. Restitution of $6,000 has been paid in the case.

•Christopher C. Hassler, 35, charged with domestic assault, pleaded guilty to the charge and received an 11-month and 29-day jail suspended jail sentence with 30 days to serve and the remainder on probation.

•Daniel Allen Holding, 31, charged with aggravated assault, pleaded guilty to simple assault and received an 11-month and 28-day suspended sentence with 25 days to serve.

•Larry K. Mott, 49, charged with theft more than $500, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on probation. Restitution has already been paid; to pay court costs.

Arraignment

•Robin Elaine Gentry, passing a forged instrument, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued until Sept. 27.

•Tommy Ray Pyles, four counts each of forgery and passing a forged instrument, continued until Sept. 27.

•Darron S. Thurman, theft more than $1,000 and three counts of theft more than $500, continued until July 24 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Diane Wyatt, theft more than $1,000, continued until Sept. 27.

•Mark J. Treadway, fourth offense driving under the influence, per se, and driving on a revoked license, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued until July 28.

Deadline docket

•Joseph Adam Braunm, joyriding, summons issued for July 10.

•Abe T. Collins, six counts each of forgery and passing a forged instrument, to be dropped.

•Tammy B. Davenport, theft less than $500, set for trial Aug. 24.

•Ross Hood, second offense driving on a revoked license, continued until July 28.

•Jerry L. Ingram, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, motion hearing date set for Nov. 7; set for trial Nov. 8.

•Monica Manning Latham, aggravated assault, set for trial Aug. 24.

•James M. Masters, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, motion hearing set for Sept. 27; set for trial Nov. 27.

•Lee Ann Matthews, especially aggravated kidnapping, trial previously set for July 11 postponed; motion hearing date set for Nov. 7 and trial set for Nov. 8.

•Gary A. Molthen, violation of the revenue law, continued until July 27 for settlement of disputed $46,000 sales tax bill that state claims is owed.

•Adam Alexander Mullins, theft less than $500, continued until Aug. 2.

•Bryan A. Nalepa, two counts of burglary, theft more than $10,000 and theft less than $500, motion hearing set for Sept. 27; trial set for Nov. 27.

•Jason Sherrill, theft more than $500, vandalism less than $500 and joyriding, motion by Daniel Hassler II to withdraw as counsel granted; Kevin Bryant appointed to represent the defendant; continued until July 10.

Community corrections

•Charles W. Houston, violation of terms of community corrections hearing set for July 28.

•Lisa M. Kincannon, in community corrections because of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia convictions, had a forfeiture and capias issued for her after she left the courtroom on being informed that a probation violation warrant was pending for her; ordered held without bond.

•Robert William Kolasa, in community corrections for convictions of burglary and theft, was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence after failing two drug tests and because he absconded.

Probation violations

•Kendrick Douglas, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; probation revocation hearing continued until July 10 with $25 fee assessed.

•David Adam Crockett, on probation because of domestic assault and drug paraphernalia charges, tested positive on a drug screen and had his probation revoked and was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence.

•Eduardo Colin Gordillo, probation revocation hearing continued until July 10.

•Douglas Donald Hargis, probation revocation hearing continued until July 24.

•Gregory S. McCoy, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; probation revocation hearing continued until July 10.

•Jamie L. Sherrill, probation revocation hearing continued until Nov. 20.

•Jason Sherrill, probation hearing continued until July 10.

•Brian K. Threet, probation hearing continued.

•Sandra D. Wyatt, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; probation revocation hearing continued until July 10 with $25 fee assessed.

Motion hearings

•Forrest Lee Brewer, found not guilty by reason of insanity for attempted first-degree murder, has his case remaining on the docket for the purpose of monitoring treatment; continued to July 24.

•Evelyn Jeanette Brock, motion to terminate judicial diversion in manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear in court (summons not served), bond set at $2,500.

•Christopher Lee Davis, appeal of a probation revocation from General Sessions Court, continued until July 10.

•Che M. Goss, motion to terminate pre-trial diversion in a fraud or forgery case, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued.