The man who stood as a lookout while two men invaded a Crab Orchard area home in a planned robbery that ended up in murder has entered a guilty plea to lesser charges and has been released from jail.

Joshua Daniel Hutson, 25, of Oak Ridge, played a key role in the early arrest of the gunmen and consideration for his cooperation and his lack of a prior record led to the plea agreement.

On Nov. 7, 2008, Hutson accompanied Alexander R. Carino, 25, and Cody R. Cofer, 24, both of the Knoxville area, to the home of Albert Keith Patton on Hwy. 70 E near Crab Orchard to rob him of cash and drugs.

Hutson was told by the two to stand guard outside the house while the two Knoxville area men burst through the door and held several occupants at gunpoint.

The robbery suddenly turned violent and Patton and a visiting friend, Robert Asher Sr., 62, were fatally shot. Upon hearing shots being fired from inside the house, Hutson ran away, following an abandoned railroad bed to the Crab Orchard Elementary School road where he was apprehended by a citizen and held for authorities.

"At that point, we didn't know who was involved because the two shooters were from somewhere else," Assistant District Attorney Amanda Hunter said. "If it was not for him, the investigators would have never been able to make quick arrests in the case."

Originally Hutson was charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

In an information presented in Criminal Court, Hutson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit theft more than $10,000 and received two four-year sentences. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and received a six-year sentence for a total of ten years to serve.

The agreement further states that the guilty pleas carry split confinement meaning Hutson faced two one-year sentences in custody on the burglary charge and a one-year sentence on the robbery charge.

Since Hutson has been in jail since his arrest on Nov. 7, 2008, he has served more than the sentence requirement and was immediately released from jail on Oct. 31.

The balance of his sentences will be served on probation.

Both Carino and Cofer are serving sentences in the state prison system. A fourth defendant, Amanda Spence of Crossville, has been serving a combination of time in this case and a probation revocation hearing from an unrelated case, and is eligible for a parole hearing in January.

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

Return with an attorney

•Rondal Carl Barnwell, aggravated assault, Robert Zecher appointed to represent the defendant; continued to Dec. 13.

•Randy R. Bilbrey, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, enhanced by the Drug-Free School Zone Act, bond set at $40,000; continued to Nov. 14.

•Ricky Lyle Brown, aggravated assault and theft more than $500, continued to Nov. 23.

•William Allen Davenport, aggravated child abuse and felony murder, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued to Dec. 13.

•Toby Joelee Godsey, possession of a schedule drug for sale and delivery and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, continued to Nov. 14.

•Jacob James Kilby, statutory rape and rape, continued to Nov. 23 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Charles Kopsie, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, Alan Rose appointed to represent the defendant; to pay $250 toward legal fee and continued to Dec. 13.

•Heath Justin McKee, theft more than $10,000, continued to Dec. 13 for motions; deadline date set for Jan. 25.

•Roger A. Moore, burglary and theft more than $1,000, continued to Dec. 13 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Jacob Lonzie Stephens, forgery and passing a forged instrument, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; to pay $250 toward legal fees and continued to Dec. 13.

•Johnny Earl Stokes, burglary and theft more than $1,000, motion hearing set for Dec. 13; deadline docket set for Jan. 25.

Deadline docket

•Timothy Wayne Akins, aggravated sexual battery, motion hearing set for Nov. 23; set for trial Dec. 15.

•Anthony Lynn Crisp, possession of a schedule II drug for sale and delivery, possession of a schedule III drug for sale and delivery and possession of a schedule VI drug for sale and delivery, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.

•Kelly William Demoe, aggravated child abuse, continued to Nov. 14 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Monica Allen Hayes, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued to Nov. 14.

•Roy Lynn Headrick, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and theft more than $1,000, continued to Dec. 13.

•Joshua Shane Humphrey, possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine for sale and delivery, motion hearing set for Jan. 25; set for trial Jan. 26.

•William T. Matthews, statutory rape, dropped.

•Larry G. Neal, felony evading arrest, driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia, continued to Nov. 14.

•Shawn Edward Ridener, attempted aggravated burglary, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.

•William Howard Wachenheim, burglary, theft more than $1,000 and vandalism less than $500, continued to Jan. 25.

•William Douglas Winn, vehicular homicide by intoxication, continued to Nov. 23.

Motions and hearings

•Jack Clifford Lovell Jr., assault on an officer and resisting arrest, jailed for failing to report to serve 30 days on weekends, served 30 straight days and motion to release him back onto probation was granted.

•Katrina Marie Mosley, 16 counts of forgery, 16 counts of passing a forged instrument and promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, summons issued for Nov. 14 for termination hearing on pretrial diversion.

•Lonnie Mack Parks, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual battery, filed motion to contest supervision for life requirement which he claims was not part of his plea agreement; motion hearing set for Nov. 14.

•Earl Bryan Sevier, sexual battery, pre-trial diversion hearing set for Nov. 14.

•Kelly Renee Trussell, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and initiation of the process to manufacture meth, trial date moved from Nov. 2 to Jan. 25 due to pregnancy.

•Cody Vance, theft more than $1,000 and drinking below the legal age, pre-trial diversion termination hearing moved to Nov. 23 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Donald West Allen Jr., three counts of rape of a child, motion hearing set for Nov. 14; trial set for Nov. 15.

•David Estes Mackie III, rape, trial set for Nov. 17.

•Kelia Ramos, driving under the influence and aggravated assault, dropped.

•Donald Dale Sandstedt, rape, continued to Dec. 13.

•Justin Lee Young, sexual battery, continued to Nov. 14.

•Ronald Lewis Whited, aggravated burglary and theft less than $500, continued to Dec. 13.

Probation violations

•Honald S. Bilbrey II, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

•Alastis Morris Bilbrey, to represent himself; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 23.

•Nicholas Neil Brady, revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

•Jeffery L. Bridges, on probation because of sale and delivery of a schedule III drug, sale and delivery of a schedule II drug, enhanced by the Drug-Free School Zone Act, pleaded guilty to probation violations and was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence.

•Jamie J. Davis, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.

•Mickie C. Davis, bond set at $2,000, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 23.

•Barry Keith Lail, revocation hearing continued to Nov. 23.

•Dustin M. Nelson, Matthew Edwards appointed to represent the defendant; continued to Dec. 13.

•Joshua A. Rector, in custody in Roane County; continued to Nov. 14.

•Hershal David Sanders, Cynthia Davis appointed to represent the defendant; continued to Nov. 14.

•Marla C. Williams, on probation because of an introduction of contraband into a penal institution conviction, pleaded guilty to probation violations of getting a new charge and failing to report to her probation officer, had probation revoked. She is ordered to serve six months in jail and then be released under house arrest of community corrections.

•George W. Dewey, on probation because of sixth offense driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and refusing to take an intoximeter test, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve balance of his sentence.

•Jesse Colin Everetts, on probation because of a burglary charge, Earl Patton appointed to represent the defendant; pleaded guilty to probation violations and was ordered transferred under house arrest of community corrections.

•Timothy Richard Lewis Jr., revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

•Dustin McKinley Nelson, probation revocation hearing continued to Dec. 23.

•David T. Eldridge, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

•Amanda N. Kemmer, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

Community corrections

•Chad Ray Hatfield, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

•Rhonda Nicole Howard, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to Nov. 14.

•Daniel L. Jackson, revocation hearing continued to Dec. 3.

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