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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jenkins and Freeman sentenced
Judge Ben Hooper heard a number of cases Monday in Cocke County Circuit Court, including the cases of two men who violated their probation. In October, 2011, Philip Bradley Jenkins, 23, Airport Road, Bybee, along with a co-defendant pleaded guilty to charges they burglarized 16 homes, but during the last burglary the home owner held them at gunpoint till officers arrived. At that time Jenkins said he had allowed drugs to control his life. Judge Hooper gave him a ten year sentence, ordering that one year be served in jail and that the balance be served on probation. But Monday, Jenkins was back before Judge Hooper charged with fifteen probation violations. The court talked about the relationship between drugs and home burglaries in the community. "Our problems in this county are killing us," he told the defendant. "We must give some consideration to the victims." The judge then ordered Jenkins to serve the ten year sentence. Jeremy John Freeman, 28, Mulberry Street, Newport also appeared before Judge Hooper on a four probation violation charges. The defendant said he had attended New Hope Drug Rehab in Sevier County on two occasions, but the program was not effective. Freeman said the program didn't address effective ways to deal with drug addiction except through Bible study. He told the court that the program "was like a Bible camp," and was not effective. More recently however, Freeman has been attending narcotics anonymous classes at Helen Ross McNabb Clinic, while in custody. He said that program is helpful because it "is helping me learn new techniques” for dealing with drugs. Judge Hooper ordered Freeman to serve a six year sentence but it will be served in the Cocke County Jail, so the NA classes can be continued.

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