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Friday, August 09, 2019

Stuart plea
A Cocke County man who could best be described as a one-man crime spree, this week was given a 19 year sentence by Judge Carter Moore in Cocke County Circuit Court. Assistant Prosecutor Joanne Sheldon and Defense Attorney Ryan Logue negotiated the plea agreement in the case of Travis Wade Stuart, 44, Holders Grove Road, Cosby. He entered a guilty plea to charges in 11 Cocke County cases, plus a number of offenses that were pending in Sevier County. The Cocke County offenses were committed from July 2016 to August 2018. Stuart received 13 years on the Cocke County offenses but was released after having served 10 months in jail, with the balance to be on supervised probation. The defendant also received a consecutive term of six years on the Sevier County cases, and he will be eligible for parole after serving 35 percent of that sentence. Stuart began serving that sentence this week. The defendant pleaded guilty to the July 4, 2016 robbery of the Dollar General Store on the Hooper Highway in Cosby, with the resulting charges of robbery, two counts false imprisonment, two counts aggravated assault and theft over $2,500. Stuart and two accomplices took $7,527.24 in the armed holdup of store clerk David O'Sicky. After the holdup, as law enforcement searched for the robbers, Sheriff Armando Fontes said Stuart should be considered armed and dangerous. “Stuart has made statements that he will not go back to prison and he may be confrontational with law enforcement,” the sheriff said at the time. Stuart also pleaded guilty to two counts theft over $500, three counts theft over $1,000, four counts vandalism, five counts aggravated burglary, two counts theft over $2,500, theft, burglary of a building, burglary of a vehicle, two counts vandalism over $1,000, theft over $10,000 and assault. The defendant was ordered to make a total of $43,382 in restitution and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. He is banned from Dollar General properties and may have no contact with the victims in the various Cocke County cases.

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