Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 29, 2009

Defendant pleads to forgery; trial set on assault, escape

A Cumberland County man who faces a trial next month on escape and assault charges pleaded guilty May 8 to an unrelated forgery charge stemming from a burglary.

Jimmy Franklin Brown, 40, whose last known address was on Deck Rd., entered a sentencing agreement to the charge of attempt to pass a forged instrument before Judge David Patterson.

Brown had originally been indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, theft more than $1,000 and forgery.

In exchange for his plea to misdemeanor attempt to pass a forged instrument charge, he was sentenced to an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on probation.

Brown is to go on trial July 7 on charges of aggravated assault of an officer, attempted escape and vandalism of government property less than $500 from an incident May 5, 2007.

He is accused of assaulting a county correctional officer with a tire iron in an escape attempt while being transported from the Justice Center to Cumberland Medical Center.

An unrelated charge of arson of a structure was continued until July 7.

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


•Georgia Irene Slagle, two counts of TennCare fraud, pre-trial diversion granted; placed on probation for two years and to pay restitution.

•Jacob Allen Bennett, 21, theft more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to theft less than $500 and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on good behavior probation. There was no restitution involved in this case.

•Jeremy Alan Hall, aggravated burglary and theft more than $1,000, judicial diversion granted on plea of guilty to aggravated burglary. Placed on probation for three years. Remaining charge was dismissed.


•Aubrey Chantel Braunm, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, Kevin Bryant appointed to represent the defendant; continued to Sept. 23.

•Charles D. Trisdale, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ten days in jail and hold for bond hearing.

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