|Flynn enters a guilty plea|
A Cocke County man who tried to run over his girlfriend with her car in July, 2016, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Cocke County Circuit Court after a charge of attempted second degree murder was reduced to aggravated assault. Tanner Flynn, 21, Rocky Flats Road, Cosby, was sentenced to an eight-year term, by Judge Ben Hooper, who ordered him to serve one year in jail with the balance on probation. Flynn allegedly argued with his girlfriend, Alexis Grace Moore, who at the time was 18, as she drove her 2005 Ford Focus on West Highway 25/70. He turned off the ignition, and grabbed the steering wheel as Moore attempted to drive.Eventually Moore stopped the car, and a female passenger, Julia Loyd, got out and began to walk home. In his report of the incident, Cocke County Deputy Michael Shelton said Ms, Moore pulled into the parking lot of the 411 Shell on West Highway 25/70, where Moore jumped out of her auto and ran into the convenience store. Flynn got into the driver's seat and tried to run over Ms. Moore as she ran. Just as Moore opened the door to the store and entered, Flynn rammed her car into the door of the building. “Video shows Flynn speeding toward the door, and Alexis Moore running from him. It also shows him striking her and the building, putting the car in reverse and driving away," Deputy Shelton added. In court on Thursday Asst. D.A. Mark Strange told Judge Hooper that Flynn "pursued her (Moore) with the vehicle, and attempted to ram her. Luckily she escaped with minimal injuries, she was not injured badly, just by sheer luck. And after speaking with her, this is the route she wishes to go." Public Defender Keith Haas represented Flynn, telling the court that the vehicle had two flat tires "and so he may have had some loss of control in direction. He also was under the influence so he wasn't thinking as clearly as he should have been.He tried to make a drive-through, Your Honor." The officer pursued Flynn who struck a vehicle before being arrested at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Templin Street, several miles away. The woman was transported by ambulance to the Newport Medical Center for treatment, and damage to the convenience store was estimated to exceed $10,000, the officer said. In addition to the aggravated assault charge, Flynn pleaded guilty to DUI, evading arrest, driving unlicensed, two counts duty to render aid, reckless driving, accidents involving damage to other vehicles, aggravated domestic assault two counts vandalism over $1,000, no driver's license, no insurance, He also pleaded guilty to five counts each criminal simulation and theft in unrelated incidents. The defendant also will pay restitution of more than $2,500 and a fine of $350.