A Cumberland County man in jail for attempting to run over his estranged wife with a vehicle pleading guilty to harassing the victim and is back in prison with an extra year to serve. The charge stems from his making calls to the victim from jail.
Christopher Allen Puckett, 30, formerly of Lewis Rd., was in Criminal Court charged with felony harassment, harassment and violation of an order of protection. He pleaded guilty to harassment and received a one-year sentence.
That sentence is to be served consecutive to the balance of his six-year prison sentence he received in September 2018, when he pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault.
The original charge stems from a July 2018, incident investigated by Crossville Police. Puckett and his estranged wife were in the midst of ongoing domestic issues that resulted in charges landing the defendant in General Sessions Court.
During a break in court, Puckett traveled to his wife’s residence where he struck her with his vehicle in an attempt to run over her, and then made two more attempts to hit her with his vehicle before fleeing from the area.
Ironically, Puckett was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Justice Center when he returned to court.
When Puckett pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, one of the conditions placed on him was that he have no contact with the victim.
Puckett reportedly on Nov. 30 and Dec. 8 made telephone calls from the jail to the victim. Those calls were recorded, according to Assistant District Attorney General Phillip Hatch, who announced the settlement and statement of facts to the court.