Circuit court in middle of two-week term

A two-week term of circuit court began in Union County this past week with Judge Andrew K. Howorth presiding. As of Friday, several pleas had been accepted and sentences given, as well as other orders issued.

Court continued this week with Judge John A. Gregory sitting on the bench but officials did not expect to deal with a large number of cases, partly because of the impending Republican senate race run-off and need to use the courtroom area later in the week.

Cases from the first week of court appear below, although a few date back to original charges as early as eight years ago so ages and addresses were not always accessible through current jail records.

 

  • Jonathan Carroll, 1081 Hwy. 30 w. Lot 1, New Albany, 1-13-71, and Cindy Carroll, 812 Jay St., New Albany, 1-15-69,charged with felony child abuse, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The district attorney’s office had asked that the two be held without bond and, due to the seriousness of the charge and evidence, the judge upheld that request.
  • James M. Russell, 509 Moss Hill Dr., New Albany, 8-9-39, convicted of felony driving under the influence June 6, 2013. Russell had been sentenced to five years in prison with that suspended to time already served and ordered placed under four years’ post-release supervision. The court was told that Russell has violated the terms of his probation by being charged with DUI second offense in Tennessee as well as with domestic violence May 9 this year. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest for violation of probation.
  • Archie Lee Brown, address and age not available, convicted Sept. 7, 2005 of burglary of a dwelling, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with 12 of those years suspended and ordered placed on five years’ probation after his release. The court was told that on Aug. 27, 2013 Brown was found to be in possession of stolen property in Lauderdale County and also had failed to pay several court fees. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
  • Brittany Akins, 1692 CR 86, Myrtle, 11-21-87, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy. She asked and is being allowed to enter the drug court program, successful completion of which will replace other sentencing. She must also pay $50 per month for the drug court costs, $533.50 for other court costs, a $100 bond fee and $1,000 restitution to the Union County Sheriff’s Department drug fund.
  • Tim Smith, 614 First St., 11-24-78, charged with sale of a counterfeit substance. Smith withdrew his previous not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to five years in prison with three of those years suspended and ordered placed under three years’ post-release supervision. He has to pay $533.50 court costs, $300 bond fee, $100 to the district attorney’s office for prosecution and   $2,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Shelia Phillips, 1349CR 81, 7-21-57, charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended, and ordered place on five years’ supervised probation. She will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $200 bond fee and $3,810 restitution to Ludie Bryson.
  • Paul Baldwin, also known as Charles Baldwin, address and age not available, charged with robbery with a deadly weapon. The charge was reduced to simple robbery and Baldwin withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five of those suspended and then to be placed on five years’ supervised probation. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $800 bond fee, $500 restitution to Landon Heaton and $1,000 to the drug fund.
  • Tiffany Young, 911 Sawyer Circle, 2-22-78, who pleaded guilty to sale of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended, and ordered placed on five years’ supervised probation. She will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $300 bond fee, $100 to the DA’s office and $2,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Z. A., a minor, versus the New Albany School District and Lance Evans in a civil matter. Upon recommendation by parties involved, the judge removed Evans as a defendant, with prejudice, meaning the matter cannot be brought back up.
  • Megan Riley, 1349 CR 81, 11-4-90, charged with conspiracy. She withdrew her not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to five years in prison, reduced to time served, and ordered placed on five years’ post-release supervision. She will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $200 bond fee, $100 to the DA’s office and $2,000 restitution to the Union County Sheriff’s Department drug fund.
  • Tammy Hogue, Rt. 2 Lake Arrowhead, Hickory Flat, 8-27-62, charge with being a felon in possession of a firearm. She withdrew her not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to five years in prison, reduced to time served, and ordered place on five years’ post-release supervision. She will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $100 bond fee, $100 to the DA’s office and $1,000 fine.
  • Vernando Cobb, 2401 Bryan Rd., Tupelo, 1-22-86, charged with burglary of a dwelling. Cobb withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to five years in prison, reduced to time served, and ordered place on five years’ post-release supervision. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $100 to the DA’s office, $200 bond fee, restitution of $1,083.63 to the National D Center and $250 to Jason or Karen Benson.
  • Fred “FD” Frazier, 806 Sunset, 2-10-60, charged with three counts of sale of a controlled substance. On Count I, he withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 of those years suspended and ordered placed on five years’ post-release supervision afterward. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $100 to the DA’s office and $2,000 restitution to the New Albany Police Department drug fund. Counts II and III were retired to files.
  • Jason Antonio Stricklen, 1521 CR 478, New Albany, 3-25-82, charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. He withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, reduced to time served and ordered placed on five years’ post-release supervision. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $200 bond fee, $100 to the DA’s office and $1,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Robert Dillard, 1089 CR 107, New Albany, 7-31-72, charged with conspiracy. He withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to three years in prison, reduced to time served, and ordered placed on three years’ post-release supervision. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $1,000 bond fee, $100 to the DA’s office and $1,000 to the Union County Sheriff’s Department drug fund.
  • Christopher Bubba Bishop, address and age not available, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy. He asked and was allowed to enter the drug court program, successful completion of which will be his sentence. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $100 to the DA’s office and $1,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Lisa Gail Roark, also known as Lisa Gail Beaty, address and age not available, who pleaded guilty to possession of precursors with intent. She asked and was allowed to enter the drug court program, successful completion of which will be her sentence, which originally is 10 years in prison with five of those years suspended and being placed on five years’ post-release supervision.
  • Roy Allen Massengill, 325 Massengill Rd., Hickory Flat, 7-18-59, who pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. He asked and was allowed to enter the drug court program, successful completion of which will be his sentence. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $1,000 bond fee and $1,000 to the Union County Sheriff’s Department drug fund.
  • Tevin Stricklen, 431 Oak St., 10-6-90, charged with sale of a controlled substance, Schedule I. On Count I he withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 12 of those years suspended and ordered placed on five years’ post-release supervision afterward. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $100 to the DA’s office and $2,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Andrew H. Jones, 1209 CR 69, Myrtle, 3-24-59, charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. He withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to three years in prison, reduced to time served, and ordered placed on post-release supervision for the balance of time. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $200 bond fee, $100 to the DA’s office and $2,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Michael Bailey, North Street, 8-14-75, charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to four years in prison, but first will be able to serve one year’s house arrest. Upon successful completion of the year, the remaining three years will be suspended and he will be placed on three years’ post-release supervision. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs and $1,000 to the New Albany Police Department drug fund.
  • Michael Bailey, North Street, 8-14-75, was also adjudicated guilty of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, in a separate incident. In that case he was sentenced to eight years in prison but can serve the first year under house arrest also. If that is successful the balance of the sentence will be suspended and he will be placed on five years’ post-release supervision. He will have to pay $533.50 court costs, $200 bond fee and $100 to the DA’s office.