Two Enter Guilty Pleas in Circuit Court

Two persons entered guilty pleas to the charges against them Friday in Cannon County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Don R. Ash.

In one case, Timothy Ryan Lawson pled guilty to one count of theft over $500 and five counts of forgery. On the theft charge he was sentence to two years in the state penitentiary as a Range 1, 30 percent offender. That sentence was suspended and he was placed on community corrections. On the forgery charges Lawson was sentenced to one year in the state penitentiary on each count. Those sentences will run concurrent to the theft sentence. He also received a suspended sentence on the forgery counts and was placed on community corrections. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

In another case, Crystal Brannam pled guilty to criminal attempt to initiate the manufacture of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to four years in prison as a Range 1, 30 percent offender and was placed on community corrections in lieu of serving prison time. She was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and court costs. Brannam also pled guilty to one count of driving on a revoked license. She was given a six month suspended sentence and ordered to pay a $50 fine.

Also Friday Judge Ash:

• Denied a motion for jail credit made by Lisa Pyles.

• Denied a petition for sentence modification by Ravi Goin. He must serve the 47 days remaining on his sentence.

• Continued until April 8 a revocation / capias hearing for Angela Trisler.

• Denied John McPeak's request for a suspended sentence and instead furloughed him to a halfway house. His next court date is April 8.

• Denied Tammie Thompson's motion for a suspended sentenced. Thompson has a parole hearing scheduled for Feb. 22. If she is not paroled at that time, Judge Ash will reconsider her motion on March 11.

• Appointed Elisha Jennings an attorney and rescheduled his revocation hearing on a charge of violation of probation for Feb. 11.

• Granted Randy Durham's petition to travel.

• Took no action on Allison Church's motion for consecutive / concurrent jail time.