Estep approves plea agreements


By Jan Runions - [email protected]



Judge Robert Estep approved several plea agreements recently during hearings in Claiborne Sessions Court.

Richard McKinley Russell, 42, charged with one count each of assault and theft under $1,000, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with 45 days confinement. Russell was given credit for nine days jail time already served. He must pay at least $50 per month in court costs and fines and forfeits $75 to the Economic Crime Fund. Russell must pay $100 in restitution and is barred from the New Tazewell Fresh-N-Low Grocery Store. He must stay at least 1,000 ft. from the store and his victims. Russell is eligible for unsupervised probation once all monetary obligations are met and he is found fully compliant. This case runs concurrently with a prior one.

Keith Hatfield, 51, charged with one count each of assault, driving under the influence (second offense) and resisting arrest, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with 60 days confinement. Hatfield was given credit for any jail time already served. He must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines.

Amy Seal, 28, charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of possession of a schedule IV drugs and a schedule VI controlled substance, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with a total of four days confinement. Seal was given credit for any jail time already served at arrest on the two possession charges, which are subject to a one year deferred judgment. She must pay at least $200 per month in court costs and fines. Her driver’s license is revoked per the Department of Safety. Seal is eligible for unsupervised probation once found fully compliant.

Estel Langley, 56, charged with driving under the influence, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with two days confinement. Langley was given credit for one day of jail time already served. He must pay at least $100 per month in court costs and fines and must complete the MADD Victim Impact Panel. His driver’s license is revoked per the Department of Safety. Langley is eligible for unsupervised probation once all monetary obligations are met and he is found fully compliant.

Christy D. Scott, 41, charged with driving under the influence, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with two days confinement Scott was given credit for 29 hours of jail time already served. She must pay at least $100 per month in court costs and fines and must complete the MADD Victim Impact Panel. Her driver’s license is revoked for one year.

Joel Allen Cross, 55, charged with driving under the influence, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with two days confinement. Cross was given credit for any jail time already served since Oct. 9. He must pay at least $100 per month in court costs and fines and must complete the MADD Victim Impact Panel. His driver’s license is revoked per the Department of Safety.

Arlen Shane Lambert, 37, charged with reckless endangerment, was granted a one year deferred judgment and sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Lambert must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines beginning on March 9. He is barred from any unlawful contact with his victim.

Sarah J. Middleton, 23, charged with the fraudulent use of a debit card and joyriding, was sentenced to an effective two years ETHRA supervised probation with three days confinement. Middleton was given credit for two days of jail time already served. She must pay at least $100 per month in court costs and fines and $300 in restitution to her victim. This sentence runs concurrently with a prior violation of probation case in which Middleton was ordered to complete an inpatient rehabilitation program. Her initial probation violations include failure to report to probation, to submit to random drug screenings and nonpayment of court costs, fines and supervision fees.

Thomas D. Cole, 29, charged with possession of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 11months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation with 30 days confinement. Cole was given credit for 19 days of jail time already served. He must pay at least $100 per month in court costs and fines and forfeits $75 to the Economic Crime Fund. Cole is eligible for unsupervised probation once all monetary obligations are met and he is found fully compliant.

Charles Lewis Jones, 24, charged with vandalism under $1,000, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days TDOC supervised probation with 30 days confinement. Jones was given credit for 28 days of jail time already served. He must pay at least $100 per month in court costs and fines and $300 in restitution to the Claiborne County Jail. This sentence runs concurrently with a prior case.

Kenneth Ray Powers, 36, charged with resisting arrest, was sentenced to six months ETHRA supervised probation with 15 days confinement Powers was given credit for 15 days of jail time already served. This case runs concurrently with a violation of probation case in which Powers failed to report to probation and to pay court costs, fines and supervision fees while on probation.

Joshua Ryan Shackelford, 30, charged with resisting arrest, was sentenced to six months ETHRA supervised probation with seven days confinement. Shackelford was given credit for seven days of jail time already served. He must pay at least $200 per month in court costs and fines.

Justin T. Parks, 22, charged with resisting arrest, was sentenced to six months unsupervised probation. As a condition of his probationary status, Parks must pay all court costs in full by May 4.

Daniel Fletcher, 44, charged with one count each of misuse of the E-911 system and disorderly conduct, was sentenced to a concurrent 90 days unsupervised probation. As a condition of his probationary status, Fletcher must pay all court costs in full by May 18.

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By Jan Runions

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