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Friday, May 17, 2019

Cocke Circuit Court pleas
A North Carolina man arrested in connection with the robbery and assault of a man in November 2018 in Cocke County, has been sentenced to a five year term. Chad Stebbins, 31, Hot Springs, pleaded guilty to robbery, aggravated assault, vandalism and two counts theft this week. Josh Evans, Arden, North Carolina told officers that he went to a residence on Pond Curve Way, Newport, to get a tattoo. But as Evans arrived at the residence and turned off his headlights, he was approached by two individuals who he said pulled him from the auto, held a gun to his head and then demanded cash and marijuana. The victim says the robbers took $360 in cash, marijuana, his iPhone, and his boots and jacket. In addition, a GPS device and the car keys were taken from the vehicle owned by his mother, Susan Evans, and a tire was cut down. Evans reported that he was beaten by the robbers who threatened to tie him up and leave him there. He sustained a swollen eye and fractures to his face and nose. Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Carter Moore accepted the guilty plea, and in addition to the jail term, ordered Stebbins to have no contact with Evans. The court will determine at a later date the amount to be paid to the victim in restitution, and he also was ordered to pay Walmart $179 in restitution for a theft. Similar charges against Melissa Mae Hill, 34, Mars Hill, were dismissed as part of the Stebbins plea. In other cases, Sara Sneed Gregg, 33, Fuller Street, Newport, pleaded guilty to a number of charges stemming from numerous criminal cases. Judge Moore imposed a 10 year sentence, requiring that Gregg serve one year in jail. The balance of the term will be in Drug Recovery Court and the community corrections program. In the plea agreement, Gregg pleaded guilty to financial exploitation of an elderly adult, theft over $2,500, burglary of a motor vehicle, theft over $1,000, and being a felon in possession of a weapon. The exploitation charge involved allegations that from October 2018 till January of this year, Gregg exploited 72 year-old James David Jenkins by obtaining approximately $25,000 in cash from him. David Owens, 28, Virginia Street, Newport, pleaded guilty to possession of .5 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to sell and deliver, two counts theft over $2,500, violation of the chop shop law, vandalism and theft. He was given a 14 year sentence, and will serve two years in jail with the balance on supervised probation. Owens also may attend a long term drug rehab program.

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