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Friday, November 30, 2018

Livesay receives 15 year prison term
A Russellville man this week entered a guilty plea to charges stemming from a fatal traffic crash last year in Jefferson City and was sentenced to a 15 year prison term. Kelly Lee Livesay, 36, was sentenced by Judge Duane Slone after he entered the guilty plea in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The crash that occurred at the intersection of George Avenue and King Street in Jefferson City in October 2017, resulted in the death of Brittany Lashae Brown, 27, and in injuries to Jefferson City Police Sgt. Scott Winstead, Carson Newman Security Guard Lucas Trent, and to Livesay himself. Just before 11:30 pm, October 6, Jefferson City officers responded to a disturbance on West Ellis Street. Upon arrival, officers approached the residence on foot where they encountered an SUV that was parked in the driveway. Officers attempted to speak with the occupants when the SUV suddenly sped toward the officers, forcing both to jump from the vehicle’s path. A short time later, Jefferson City Sgt. Scott Winstead notified the other units by radio that he had been involved in a serious car crash at the intersection of George Avenue and King Street, only a few blocks from the initial incident. Officers determined the offending SUV was the vehicle that had fled earlier. Police said it was apparent that the suspect vehicle failed to stop at the intersection and had struck Sgt. Winstead's cruiser at a high rate of speed. Several nearby Carson-Newman University students noticed that the patrol car had caught fire. They immediately extinguished the flames and pulled the entrapped sergeant and Trent from the vehicle. Jefferson City Police Chief Andy Dossett said the heroic actions of the students likely saved the lives of both officers. Sgt. Winstead and Trent were treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Livesay the operator of the SUV, also was transported to the Knoxville facility and Ms. Brown died at the scene. He pleaded guilty to charges of Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication, Aggravated Assault, Theft Over $2,500, Possession of Methamphetamine in a Drug Free Zone With Intent to Sell and Deliver, Evading Arrest and Reckless Endangerment. The prison term will be served consecutive to a Grainger County sentence, and Livesay will also pay a $2,000 fine. Benny Higdon,41, Tom Breeden Road, Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. In July 2017, "with no justifiable purpose,(Higdon) intentionally killed a companion animal," investigators said. Family members said Higdon arrived at their home saying "he had killed the devil." They examined the duffle bag the defendant had brought and found a dog which had been stabbed to death, and on top of the animal was a blood-soaked Bible. Judge Slone sentenced Higdon to a two year sentence but suspended the sentence to time served, and ordered the defendant to serve the balance on probation. Higdon must undergo mental health treatment and complete substance abuse rehabilitation. He also must pay a $500 fine. Hillard Scott Mullins, East Jefferson Street, Jefferson City pleaded guilty to a charger of Attempted Rape, involving a 20 year-old female. Mullins was given a six year sentence, will register as a sex offender, be under community supervision for life and may have no contact with the victim.

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