General Sessions Court Becomes ‘Retirement' Home
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2:40 pm
Nearly every week in Cannon County General Sessions Court there are cases involving physical or verbal disputes between two or more people.
These cases commonly include incidents of domestic assault or violence, stalking, or harassment.
Law enforcement officers are required to make an arrest if they determine there is sufficient evidence to charge one or more parties in the incident. Judicial commissioners must issue an arrest warrant to a person who claims they are a victim for the same reason.
However, when the case or cases reach court, many times the victim no longer wishes to prosecute the alleged offender. When that happens the charges are either dismissed immediately, or are “retired” for a period of time sufficient for the offender to prove he or she will conduct themselves appropriately.
A number of the cases heard by Judge Susan Melton in Cannon County General Sessions Court on Tuesday, May 1, were resolved in that manner.
• Beau Andrew Carter entered into an agreed order of retirement for 11 months, 29 days on a charge of Harassment, subject to good and lawful conduct. He was also ordered to pay the county’s litigation tax.
• Clinton Lee Creech had a charge of Domestic Assault dismissed by the state. His accuser, Leeann Baker Huneycutt, is reportedly under investigation for allegedly filing false reports.
• Jay A. McRoy had a charge of Phone Harassment dismissed at the request of the State.
• Dustin Shane Rublee had a charge of Stalking dismissed by the State at the request of the purported victim.
• Ashley Renee Taylor had a charge of Phone Harassment dismissed at the request of the State.
• Luanne Rains had a charge of Assault dismissed at the request of the State.
• Gregory Allen Arnold entered a no contest plea to Simple Assault. He received a 6-month suspended sentence, equal probation time, was ordered to have no contact with the victim and was assessed court costs. He also entered into an agreed order of retirement subject to good and lawful conduct for Violation of Protection Order and was ordered to pay the county’s litigation tax.
• Russell Lee Whittington pled guilty to Simple Possession of Marijuana. He was given a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days, equal time on probation, fined $250 and assessed court costs.
• Todd Tweedel had a charge of Theft Over $1,000 continued for 11 months, 29 days, subject to good and lawful conduct. He was also order to pay the county’s litigation tax and restitution of the victim in the amount of $850.
• Peter Jerome Joyce pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Forgery. He was given two concurrent sentences of 11 months, 29 days and ordered to serve them in their entirety. He will serve them in the Rutherford County Jail concurrent to a sentence he is already serving.
• Jamie Roller pled guilty to Theft Over $500. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the Cannon County Jail to the pay restitution in the amount of $750. He also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule VI Narcotics and was ordered to serve 11 months, 29 days in jail and fined $250. The sentences will run concurrent. A charge of Simple Possession of Drug Paraphernalia was dismissed.
• Amanda Dawn Brewer pled guilty to Driving Without a License. She received a 30-day suspended sentence, a $2 fine and was assessed court costs.
• Adam Levoy McClure pled guilty to Driving While License Suspended 2nd Offense. Sentencing was set for Aug. 7.
• Melissa Carol McTaggart pled guilty to Public Intoxication. She was ordered to serve 15 days in jail. A Criminal Trespass charge was dismissed.
• Brian L. Prater pled guilty to Driving While License Revoked. He received a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days and equal time on probation. He was also assessed court costs. Charges of Registration and Financial Responsibility violations were dismissed.
• Glenn Richard Smotherman failed to appear on a charge of Public Intoxication. A Capias was issued for his arrest.
• Caden Kensley Jones had a Show Cause Order issued after he failed to appear on Criminal Trespass (Litigation Tax not paid).
• Jennifer Carol Pittard failed to appear on a charge of Violation of Probation. A Capias was issued for her arrest.
• Nelson Celaya Ramos failed to appear on charges of Driving Without a License, Speeding (88/55) and Financial Responsibility violation. A Capias was issued for his arrest.
• Micah Flint Womack had a charge of DUI reset for July 10.
• Jeffrey Howard Bean, charged with DUI 3rd Offense, was reset for July 10.
• Abul K. Alataby, charged with DUI and Driving While License Suspended, was reset for June 19.
• Jesse M. Burke, charged with Underage Driving While Impaired, was reset for June 12.
• Glenn Lawrence Brannan, charged with Aggravated Assault, was reset for June 5.
• Julia Hazard had a charge of Aggravated Assault reset for June 5.
• Lisa Michelle Toombs had charges of Aggravated Burglary and Theft Over $1,000 reset for June 5.
• Mario Gregory had charges of Habitual Driving Offender, Driving While License Revoked 6th Offense, Registration violation and Insurance violation bound over to the May 25 Term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He was also granted a medical furlough.
• George Owen Mears had a DUI charge reset for June 5.
• Bethany Tate Elrod had a Violation of Probation charge reset for July 10.
• Travis Payne Pinkerton had charges of Criminal Trespass and Theft reset for July 10.
• Haley Marie Holmes had a charge of Criminal Trespass reset for July 10. She was also appointed an attorney and assessed an administrative fee of $50.
• Dallas Jay Rogers had charges of Theft of Property Under $500 and Violation of Probation reset for July 10.
• Demetria Rufina Leath had a charge of Domestic Assault reset for June 5.
• Cory Scott McNeese had a charge of Driving While License Suspended 4th Offense reset for July 10.