|Jefferson Circuit guilty pleas|
A number of defendants entered guilty pleas this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court and were sentenced by Judge Duane Slone. Joseph Scott Clouse, 24, Milldale Road, Dandridge, pleaded guilty to 16 counts Aggravated Burglary, three counts Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, four counts Theft over $2,500, three counts Theft over $1,000, nine counts Theft and two counts Vandalism. The charges stem from home burglaries in Dandridge, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains and New Market in 2017. Clouse was given a 15 year prison term as a career offender and was ordered to make restitution. Christopher Allen Brown, 29, Indian Cave Road, New Market, pleaded to Attempted Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Assault. He pulled a handgun and attempted to rob Tony Gregg, Greggs Lane, Newport, on August 31, 2017. Gregg had given Brown a ride to his home at which time Brown pulled a gun and demanded money from Gregg. He "opened the cylinder of the firearm and showed Gregg it was loaded, and then pointed it in his face. Deputy Corp. John Holland said Gregg believed he was going to be shot, but no shots were fired and Gregg drove away. Brown has a previous conviction for a dangerous felony, and received a four-year term concurrent with a sentence for a probation violation. He also will make restitution and is restrained from the victim. Two defendants pleaded guilty to charges stemming from pursuits by law officers. Randall Heath Shelton, Raines Road, Newport, was the object of a pursuit in July, 2017, and he pleaded guilty to Felony Evading Arrest, DUI, Possession of Oxymorphone and Drug Paraphernalia. He was given a two year sentence, and will serve 60 days with the balance on probation. Shelton also was ordered to pay a $1,250 fine and undergo drug and alcohol assessment. Jonathan Dewayne Duggan, 25, Maryville, pleaded to Felony Evading Arrest and Theft stemming from a December 2017 incident in which Duggan used a pistol in the theft of property from Joshua White. Duggan was given a two-year sentence, ordered to serve 30 days and the balance will be on probation./He will pay a $100 fine and undergo drug and alcohol assessment. Joshua Matthew Shockley, 32, Silver City Road, Whitesburg, entered a guilty plea to charges of Aggravated Assault and Reckless Endangerment. In August, 2016, Shockley used a vehicle in the assault of Marc Kateridge-Pizzo and Daniel Galtz. He rammed an auto occupied by the victims as it traveled on Interstate 40. Earlier Shockley was involved in a similar incident in Hamblen County. Judge Slone imposed a four year sentence, ordered the defendant to make restitution and is restrained from being around the victims or their property. Booker Frederick Jones, 38, Knoxville, pleaded guilty to carrying a weapon on the campus of Carson Newman University in December, 2017, as well as Possession of Contraband in the Jail. He was given a three-year term, will serve 30 days and the balance will be on probation.He will pay a $1,000 fine, undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and is banned from the school. The weapon was forfeited to the Jefferson City Police Department. James Dewayne Rogers, 21, Baker Springs Road, White Pine, pleaded guilty to Incest. He was given a three year sentence, and will serve 60 days in jail, but the sentence is judicially deferred. Judge Slone ordered Rogers to undergo a psycho-sexual assessment and follow the recommendations. He also is to have no contact with co-defendant Arita Marie Viers, 43, who has a similar pending charge. And he will register as a sex offender. Marlon Dean Spencer, 52, Agape Way, Dandridge, originally charged with two counts of Rape, entered a plea to Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure. He will serve 150 days of a five-year term, may have no contact with the victim or Agape Acres, and will register as a sex offender.