Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 30, 2012

8-year sentence handed down in weapon case

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville area man accused of possessing and firing a handgun while being a convicted felon pleaded guilty to three charges in Cumberland County Criminal Court, and in a separate case, a multi-offender shoplifter also entered guilty pleas.

Franklin Dee Copeland, 40, who listed a Wallop Lane address when arrested, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon, reckless endangerment and theft of more than $10,000, and received a total prison sentence of eight years.

Charges of simple possession of methamphetamine, altering or changing a serial number on a vehicle, second count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and vandalism of less than $500 were dropped.

In July, the Cumberland County Sheriff's  Department arrested Copeland for discharging a weapon inside a Hwy. 70 N residence in the presence of three persons, causing fear of death or injury to the victims.

The theft of more than $10,000 involves the June 2012 theft of a 2004 Chevrolet truck from a residence off Hwy. 70 N.

The other pleas stem from an April 2011 incident on Cardinal Loop inside the city during which a handgun was stolen. When arrested, Copeland was found in possession of methamphetamine.

In addition to serving an eight-year sentence, Copeland is to pay $500 restitution to the victims in the shooting incident, is banned from having contact with the victims and is to pay $75 to the Economic Crime Fund.

Copeland is being given credit for 90 days already served.

In an unrelated case, Donnie Lynn Rector, 49, of Genesis Rd., pleaded guilty to four counts of theft of less than $500 and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on probation until all restitution is paid. Estimate has placed that amount at $821. Court costs were waived.