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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Defendants enter pleas in Cocke County Criminal Court
A number of defendants this week entered guilty pleas and were sentenced in Cocke County Circuit Court, by Judge Carter Moore. Kayla Fort, 24, Birchwood Road, Newport, was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder but entered a negotiated plea to a charge of Aggravated Assault. Asst. Prosecutor Joanne Sheldon said in August, 2017, Fort and her mother, Sabrina Fort became involved in a physical altercation. The mother's boyfriend, Shannon Lee Rice, 36, attempted to intervene. At that point the defendant went to her room, retrieved a knife and stabbed Rice. The injured man was flown to the U.T. Medical Center following the incident. Rice had previously threatened to stab her mother and Rice during confrontations. Judge Moore imposed a ten year sentence, ordered Fort to spend a year in jail and the balance will be served on supervised probation. Sheldon said the plea agreement also requires Fort to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, mental health assessment and complete an anger management course. Samuel Scott Yost, Sr., 53, Houge Way, Cosby, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 4, 2016 robbery of David O'Sicky at the Dollar General store on the Hooper Highway. The clerk was robbed of $7,527. In the negotiated plea, Yost admitted to Burglary, False Imprisonment, Theft over $2,500 and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary. The defendant was given a ten year sentence suspended to the time already served, but the ten years of supervised probation will be served after Yost completes a sentence he is currently serving. He also may complete a drug rehab program. Yost also will make restitution for the stolen money. A Woodlawn Avenue, Newport couple entered pleas to the Sale Of Methamphetamine With The Intent To Deliver In A Drug Free Zone. James Accord, 38 entered a plea to four counts of the offense, as well as Sale Of A Counterfeit Controlled Substance and Failure To Appear. Judge Moore imposed a 20 year sentence at 35 percent and ordered Accord to serve one year in jail with the balance on probation. He also will pay a $8,700 fine. His co-defendant, Amy Stanley, 40, pleaded guilty to three counts of the methamphetamine offense. She was given a 14 year sentence, will serve one year and the balance will be on supervised probation. Stanley also will pay a $6,000 fine.


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