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Friday, July 14, 2017

McCarty plea
A Cocke County man who on New Year's Day, stuck the barrel of a loaded rifle into the mouth of his girlfriend as she lay on the floor, Thursday entered a guilty plea in Cocke County Circuit Court. Following the rifle incident, Dairl McCarty, 45, Old Highway 32, Newport, held a knife to the throat of his live-in girlfriend, Debbie Lynn Williamson. McCarty was in court in May intending to enter a guilty plea to charges of aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon. But Judge Ben Hooper ordered him drug tested, and McCarty tested positive for prescription drugs and methamphetamine, so the hearing was postponed. During the earlier hearing Williamson came to court asking that the charges be dismissed. She told Judge Ben Hooper that she believes someone had spiked McCarty's drink prior to the assault incident. Williamson went on to say that both she and McCarty have a good relationship and that he is in alcohol treatment. But during Thursday's hearing, Asst DA Joanne Sheldon told the court that McCarty and Williamson have a love/hate relationship. Sheldon said since the May hearing, "I get a phone call from the victim who was in court, who now wants him to get the most jail time I could possibly ever impose upon him. It looks like there is this sick, twisted, symbiotic relationship, between the two of you that goes back and forth, that I see is retaliation. You just need to walk away and never have anything to do with that woman again.....what if you lost your temper and killed her ?" McCarty was given a five year sentence, but released on the 77 days he has already served, with the balance on probation. He also was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, enroll in anger management classes, forfeit the weapon and have no contact with Williamson. The defendant will enter a substance abuse treatment facility on today.

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