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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cocke Circuit Court
A Dandridge woman who in December, 2017 struck a Cocke County Jail corrections officer over the head with a porcelain lid from the commode in her cell, on Monday pleaded guilty to the resulting charges. Christian Taylor Williams, 22, entered a guilty plea to charges of Aggravated Assault, Attempted Escape, Assault and Vandalism. Corrections Officer Stephen Revill required sutures to his head after he was struck, and Corrections Officer Justin Sprague sustained a shoulder injury during the assault and attempted escape. Both received hospital treatment. Former Detective Lt. Robert Thornton says after the assault on Officer Revill, Williams tried to flee her cell. Officer Sprague attempted to shut and lock the door at which time three other inmates began pulling on the door in an attempt to also flee the facility. Williams entered the plea before Judge Carter Moore in Cocke County Circuit Court. The court ordered the defendant to serve one year of a five-year sentence, with the balance on probation. She also was ordered to attend long-term drug rehabilitation, and also undergo a mental health evaluation, alcohol and drug assessment, and then follow the recommendations. The defendant also was ordered to make restitution. A Jimtown Road, Newport man also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an altercation involving gunfire at his home in April. Robert Lanton Hartsell, 52, was involved in a domestic altercation with his wife, Norma Jean Hartsell, in the presence of his daughter, Samantha Hartsell, Jessica Taylor and a five-year-old girl. Samantha Hartsell said her father also assaulted her, and as the females headed to a vehicle, Norma Jean Hartsell said she was again assaulted. As the women put the child in her car seat, the defendant fired a shot toward the vehicle hitting it as the victims attempted to flee. Hartsell pleaded guilty to four counts Aggravated Assault as well as Reckless Endangerment. Judge Moore imposed a six year sentence, but released Hartsell on the time he has served. The balance will be on supervised probation. The plea agreement also provides for the defendant will pay restitution of $964, undergo anger management counseling, as well as mental health, and alcohol and drug assessment, and follow the recommendations.

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