Four individuals suspected of a late November robbery of a Clairfield man were recently sentenced in Claiborne County Criminal Court.
Judge Shayne Sexton heard all four conspiracy to commit robbery cases during the August Criminal Court session in Claiborne County. Those sentenced were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery of Hershel Gulley.
Brandon James Partin, 26, was sentenced to a split confinement of eight years TDOC supervised probation with 259 days confinement. Partin was given credit for 259 days jail time already served. He must pay at least $25 per month in court costs.
Michael Alan Chesney, 27, was sentenced to a split confinement of eight years TDOC supervised probation with 106 days confinement. Chesney was given credit for 106 days jail time already served. He must pay at least $100 per month in court costs.
Kayla June Partin, 28, was sentenced to a split confinement of eight years TDOC supervised probation with 171 days confinement. Partin was given credit for 171 days jail time already served. She must pay at least $100 per month in court costs.
Adam Michael Barton, 25, was sentenced to a split confinement of eight years TDOC supervised probation with 250 days confinement. Barton was given credit for 250 days jail time already served.
A release from the Claiborne County Sheriff”s Office at the time of the incident revealed Gulley was found in the yard of a home on Tracy Branch Road by Claiborne County EMS worker who answered a 911 call.
Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray stated right after the murder that various persons of interest were being questioned in connection with the incident. He also revealed there were “some witnesses and good leads,” charges would be quickly forthcoming and more than one arrest was anticipated.
Investigators reportedly arrived at the crime scene around 2 a.m. and reported the victim was “beaten to death from all indications.”
According to other earlier reports, the four sentenced for their part in conspiracy hatched their initial plan to commit the robbery in the late night hours of Nov. 26 at the Partin residence by the two siblings along with Barton, Chesney, and Megan Graziosi.
“Gulley is contacted and asked if he would like to purchase some methamphetamine. Gulley later arrives at the Partin’s residence, and Kayla Partin gets into his vehicle. to Brandon Partin, before leaving the residence, Brandon provides Adam Barton with a can of mace to use in the robbery, and was, in fact, used in the robbery,” reads one of the Affidavits of Complaint, in part.
According to a statement provided to Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bradley Duncan by Brandon Partin, Kayla Partin and Vanassa Hurst were planning to “coerce Gulley out of his pants, but if unsuccessful, Barton would mace Gulley so the others could take his money.”
Earlier reports say that just after midnight, Chesney drove Graziosi, Adam Barton, James Partin, and Vanassa Hurst to an empty church parking lot, located over the Kentucky border, to meet with Gulley.
According to the affidavits, the group then forcefully robbed Gulley of $45 in cash, taking his car keys before leaving the scene.
In an effort to retrieve his belongings, Gulley apparently followed the group to the residence of Tommy Lynn Hurst, who is the uncle of Vanassa Hurst.
Prior to Gulley’s arrival,Vanassa Hurst told her uncle she had been sexually assaulted by Gulley, according to one of the Affidavits.
Tommy Hurst allegedly “struck the victim in his face, knocking him to the ground, where he, along with (Kayla) Partin and his niece, continued to assault the victim by kicking him. The defendant (Tommy Hurst) also stated that his niece used a mop handle during the assault, and that, afterwards, he realized that Partin and his niece were removing items from the victim’s pockets,” reads the same affidavit, in part.
Tommy and Vanessa Hurst were both charged with criminal homicide. Tommy Hurst received a bond reduction during criminal court on August 18 and a secured bond of $40,000 was posted the same day. Vanessa Hurst posted a $150,000 secured bond on May 18.
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