16 Grand Jury Indictees Arraigned
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Friday marked arraignment day for those defendants indicted by the May, 2011 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. Those defendants arraigned during Judge Don Ash's Circuit Court session included:

Christopher Bryan for 5 counts of rape of a child,

James C. Emberton for 10 counts of sexual battery and 8 counts of rape,

Kathleen D. Farless for driving under the influence,

Joe Don Fann for animals at large,

Michael E. Muncy for seatbelt violation, drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband into a penal facility and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture,

Travis Lee Dobson for revoked license and insurance violation,

Keith David Smith for theft under $500.00, manufacture of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to manufacture methamphetamine,

Jeremy Dean Sissom for possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a weapon as a convicted felon,

Marcus E. Tenpenny for evading arrest and aggravated assault,

Dustin Scott St. John for seatbelt violation, simple possession of schedule II, evading arrest, criminal impersonation and probation of methamphetamine manufacture,

Richard Stickney, III for driving under the influence,

Johnny B. Hollis for resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prohibited weapons, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape,

Jennie Rawls for revoked license and drug paraphernalia,

Terry Scott Austin for domestic assault,

Donald Ray Neal for aggravated robbery,

Charles E. Howland for animal cruelty,

The next step for these defendants will be plea day on July 8th. During that hearing, they will be asked to enter formal pleas of either guilty or not guilty to their charges.

Some defendants took the opportunity to enter guilty pleas during Friday’s session. Those defendants entering pleas before Judge Ash included:

Ila Kay Smith pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence 2nd offense. She was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in jail and ordered to serve her entire sentence.  She was also ordered to pay a $600.00 fine and to pay the court costs and her license was revoked for 2 years.

David Seiber pled guilty to the charge of driving while being declared a habitual motor vehicle offender.  He was sentenced to 2 years in prison as a range 1, 30 percent offender. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, serving 69 days in jail and paying the court costs. If he violates probation, he will serve his entire sentence.

Ashley Meeks pled guilty under judicial diversion to the charge of promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing. She was placed on probation for 2 years and fined $2,000.00.


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