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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Solomon sentenced in Cocke County Circuit Court
A man arrested in August, 2016 on a total of 15 warrants, Tuesday entered a "best interest" plea to a reduced number of charges in Cocke County Circuit Court. Ricky Earl Solomon, 43, Grassy Fork Road, Hartford was sentenced by Judge Ben Hooper, on aggravated assault, two counts theft over $1,000 and failure to appear in court. The court gave Solomon a 10 year sentence, with one year to be served and the balance on probation. he also will make restitution to Boyce Gentry in the amount of $2,200. At the time of his arrest, the defendant was wanted on seven counts violation of a court order, aggravated domestic assault, aggravated sexual battery, two counts theft over $1,000, possession of stolen property, harassment, second offense driving on a revoked license and two counts failure to appear for a court hearing. A number of the charges stem from an August 20 incident in which a female reported that Solomon came by her home and forced his way into her residence, where the woman was assaulted. Solomon was under a restraining order at the time and was not to be around the victim. The female said she was chased outside where she was attacked on her lawn and then dragged back into her home by the hair. Several defendants who came to court on Tuesday, ended up in jail when they failed a court ordered drug screen. Several attorneys told the court they had not had an opportunity to talk with their clients prior to their scheduled hearing, because they were unable to obtain an appointment time to meet the defendant in the jail. Judge Hooper suggested that "access to justice is being hampered", and he asked the lawyers if they plan a lawsuit. Some time ago Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes told the NewsSource it is difficult to provide a safe, confidential location for attorney/client meetings in the jail. Adding to the problem is the fact that there are few corrections officers in the facility.

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