Drug Convictions Separate Friends

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A friendship between an Alexandria woman and a Carthage man was broken up Thursday in Cannon County Circuit Court following their convictions on drug-related charges.

John B. Carter, of Carthage, pled guilty to Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture. Judge Don Ash sentenced Carter to serve 4 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. That sentenced was suspended. He was placed on state supervised probation for 4 years, fined $2,000 and assessed court costs. He will also forfeit seized property.

A co-defendent, Audria Estes, of Alexandria, pled guilty to Facilitation of the Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture. She was sentenced to serve 2 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. That sentenced was suspended and she was placed on state supervised probation for 2 years. Estes was also fined $2,000, assessed court costs, and ordered to forfeit property seized during the investigation.

Carter and Estes are now convicted felons. As part of the the probation conditions for both of them, are are prohibited from having any direct or indirect contact with any other convicted felon.

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December 09, 2011 at 7:37pm
Why must everyone in Cannon County receive probation no matter what the crime is? At what point will someone see that this results in repeat offenders and it normally does?
December 10, 2011 at 10:58am
They will still hang out together, probation won't stop them if they get caught it doesn't matter they will only get probation again and again and again etc........ get the picture?
December 12, 2011 at 1:57pm
It seems to me that the probation system in Cannon County, whether it state or county probation do not stop them from doing anything. I see why it don't because they know all that will happen is serve some jail time like 30 days or so and right back on probation again. I am all for someone who been in trouble before get out on probation and actually become a productive citizen and do not break anymore laws but with all these repeat offenders something got to happen. As I have said before probation is not mandatory it is optional.
December 12, 2011 at 2:04pm
Something does happen to repeat offenders. They usually end up serving their original sentence. Two violations of probation almost guarantees the offender will do so.

To the best of my knowledge the outcome of cases in Cannon County is no different than that of any other county in Tennessee, especially that of Rutherford since the judges and DAs are all out of the same system.
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