Emberton Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Abuse
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JAMES C. EMBERTON
A man who was facing multiple charges as the result of separate alleged crimes pled guilty to some of them in Cannon County Circuit Court Thursday.

James C. Emberton pled guilty tp four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. He was given four, 6-year sentences in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Those sentences were suspended and he was placed on Community Corrections for 6 years on each count. Two of those sentences will run concurrent and he will be on probation for 18 years. He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community services and was fined $100 on each count. Emberton must also register as a sex offender.

Assistant District Attorney General Trevor Lynch told Judge David Bragg he had multiple discussions with the victim and victim's family about the plea agreement and said they felt it was in the best interest of the victim.

Emberton was recently indicted for TennCare "doctor shopping" and was arraigned Thursday on those charges. He will return to circuit court on Nov. 10 to enter a plea.

In other cases heard by Judge Bragg Thursday:

• Walter Bess pled guilty to conspiracy to initiate the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. He was given a partially-suspended sentence of 12 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections and was given credit for time served. Bess was also placed on Community Corrections for 12 years, fined $2,000, assessed court costs and ordered to pay restitution. He also pled guilty to the charge of dogs at large, was sentenced to 30 days in the Cannon County Jail, and was ordered to pay court costs and restitution.

• David Brad Young pled guilty to initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine and to manufacture of marijuana. He was sentenced to serve 12 years in state prison on the methamphetamine conviction. That sentence was suspended and he was placed on Community Corrections for 12 years. He was also fined $2,000 and assessed court costs. Young received a 6-year suspended sentence for manufacturing marijuana and was placed on Community Corrections for 6 years, to run concurrent with the previous sentence. He was also fined $2,000, assessed court costs and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

• Co-defendants Kayla Marie Chumley and Cory Wayne Ferrell both pled guilty to the charges of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. Each received 6-year, partially-suspended sentences on those charges and were placed on state supervised probation for an equal amount of time. They were given jail credit for time served, ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution to the victim and court costs. Chumley also pled guilty to two counts of forgery. She was given 2-year suspended sentences on each count and 2 years state supervised probation, to run consecutive to the prior convictions, and must pay restitution. In another case, Chumley pled guilty to violation of probation (terms of judicial diversion) and was placed on 6 years state supervised probation, to run concurrent to the burglary sentence.

• Ricky Shannon Nokes pled guilty to facilitation of the manufacture of marijuana (over 20 plants). He received a 3-year suspended sentence in state prison, placed on state supervised probation for 3 years, fined $2,000 and assessed court costs. He must also forfeit any seized property and testify truthfully at any trial of a co-defendant, Maurice Griffith.

• Barry Spurlock was given a partially-suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days on his guilty plea for reckless endangerment. He was ordered to serve 5 days in the county jail and placed on probation for 11 months, 29 days. He also must pay a fine of $525 and court costs.

• Dianna L. French pled guilty to two charges of child neglect under judicial diversion. She was placed on state supervised probation for 4 years on each count, to run concurrent. She was also assessed court costs.

• Elisha Jenkins pled guilty to evading arrest with a motor vehicle. He was ordered to serve 18 months in state prison. Jenkins also pled guilty to violation of probation and was ordered to serve his original sentence. He was given credit for time served, and his sentences will run concurrent. He was also ordered to pay court costs.

• Steven Davis pled guilty to driving while license suspended. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail, fined $150 and assessed court costs. His license was suspended for one year. His sentence will run concurrent with the one he is currently serving for violation of probation.

• Jeffrey M. Hodges entered a best interest plea of guilty to aggravated burglary. He was sentenced to serve 6 years in state prison. That sentence will run both concurrent and consecutive with sentences he is now serving in another jurisdiction. He was also assessed court costs.

• Glen Climer, II entered a best interest plea of guilty to attempted aggravated assault. He was given a partially-suspended sentence of 5 years in state prison, given credit for time served, and placed on state supervised probation for 5 years. He was also ordered to stay away from the victim, the victim's family, their place of residence, and to pay court costs.

• Willliam Holt pled guilty to violation of probation. He violated judicial diversion on a conviction for reckless driving. He was placed on state supervised probation for 1 year, his license was suspended for 1 year, and he was released on time served.

• Robyn Wilmoth pled guilty to violation of probation. She was on judicial diversion for theft of property over $1,000. She was placed on state supervised probation for 2 years and released on time served.

• Chase Pelham was ordered to serve 10 days in jail and his probation was extended for 60 days after Judge Bragg found him guilty of violation of probation conditions following a hearing. Pelham violated Cannon County Jail policy when he brought banned items (tobacco and rolling papers) into the jail while serving a weekend sentence for violation of probation.

• Matthew Edwards was ordered to serve his entire 3-year sentence for burglary following a hearing on the charge of violating probation. His probation officer testified Edwards repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of his Community Corrections probation. She said Edwards was "immature when it comes to taking responsibility."

• Adam McClure pled guilty to violation of probation. He was placed on Community Corrections for 1 year and was released on time served.

• Steffan Brady pled guilty to violation of probation. He was ordered to serve his original 4-year sentence. He was given credit for time served. Brady is also serving another sentence in Warren County.

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October 13, 2011 at 12:39pm
Great, more people on probation means even more people hanging around the corner on Wednesday afternoon and night. I left the square on Wednesday (after work) around 6 p.m. and the corner was full of people I even witnessed on person go to the back of a truck and pour a beer into a disposable cup while waiting to see the probation officer. I came back through town around 7:30 and the corner was still full of people waiting. I don't know the details behind the probation system; but, why are they only open one day per week? It seems that it would make more sense to split the people attending up over 2-3 days and reduce the number of people per day and the amount of time spent standing outside.

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