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Judge Clayton Was A Wonderful Man: Judge Ash

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Judge James K. Clayton, Jr. was honored prior to the beginning of Cannon County Circuit Court Thursday morning.  Judge Don Ash led the courtroom in a moment of silence after praising the late Circuit Judge who passed away earlier this week in the Courthouse while on his way to a hearing.

Ash said Judge Clayton was a wonderful man who served the Sixteenth Judicial District with dignity for many years.

He also recognized Circuit Court Clerk Lynne Foster, Assistant District Attorney David Puckett, General Sessions Judge Susan Melton, Assistant Public Defender Ken McKnight, Murfreesboro Attorney Darwin Colston and former Circuit Court Clerk Hoppy Davenport, all of whom went to the hospital after Clayton was transported to wait for his wife.  Judge Ash said the group honored Clayton with their actions.

Some of the results from the various cases which appeared on the docket included:

Gregory Jason Porter pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation.  His probation was revoked and a suspended sentence hearing was scheduled for June 10th.  In another case, Porter pled guilty to driving under the influence.  He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail, fined $350.00 and ordered to pay the court costs.  His suspended sentence hearing for that case will also take place on June 10th.

Adam McClure pled guilty to three counts of TennCare fraud. He was sentenced to 1 year on community corrections.  He was ordered to pay the court costs and placed on probation for 1 year.

Elijah Murphy pled guilty to the charge of theft over $1,000.00. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison as a Range 1, 30 percent offender. A suspended sentence hearing was set for June 10th.

Haley K. Schwartz entered a conditional plea of guilty to the charge of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. She was placed on probation for 1 year, fined $2,000.00 and ordered to pay the court costs.  Schwartz was due to be released today, but was held in contempt of court for talking during the proceedings and ordered to serve 5 more days in jail.

Brandon Brown entered a conditional plea of guilty to the charge of three counts of TennCare fraud. He was placed on probation for 3 years and ordered to pay the court costs.

Ronica Arnold pled guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 6 years in prison as a Range 1, 30 percent offender, fined $2,500.00 and ordered to pay the court costs. A suspended sentence hearing was set for June 10th.

John McPeak’s application for suspended sentence was denied. In another case, McPeak pled guilty to the charge of failure to appear. He was sentenced to 1 year in prison as a Range 1, 30 percent offender and was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Melissa Archey pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. Her probation was extended and she was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Christina Kelley pled guilty to the charge of failure to appear. She was sentenced to 1 year in prison as a Range 1, 30 percent offender and ordered to serve her entire sentence.

Joshua Dishman pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

William Scott Lewis pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of schedule II drugs. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Timothy Lawson was appointed an attorney and reset for plea day on June 10th.

Francisco Bustamante was appointed an attorney and reset for a revocation hearing on June 10th.

Jennie Rawls was reset for plea day on June 10th.

Robert Lee was reset for plea day on June 10th.

Tonya Greer was reset for plea day on June 10th.

Johnny Brian Hollis was reset for plea day on June 10th.

Stephanie Mooneyham was reset for plea day on June 10th.

Tony McPeak was reset for motions on July 7th and a jury trial on August 4th.

Barry Lee Spurlock was reset for a motion hearing on July 7th and a jury trial on August 4th.

Johnny E. Lyons was reset for plea day on July 7th.

Ashley Davidson was reset for plea day on July 7th.

Vickie Marsh was reset for plea day on July 7th.

Haskel Carmack was appointed an attorney and reset for a violation of probation hearing on June 10th.

Jared Ian Smith was reset for a violation of probation hearing on June 10th.

Randall Council was appointed an attorney and reset for plea day on June 10th.

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