Thursday, January 09, 2020

Rusty Denton to plead guilty
Eddie Dallas “Rusty” Denton, who gained notoriety in the Christmas Day 1976 Red Lantern Massacre, has decided to plead guilty to drug dealing charges. The 66 year-old has agreed to plead guilty to selling oxymorphone, and to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The plea agreement provides for a 10-year federal prison term, followed by three years of supervised release. Federal defendants must serve 100 percent of their sentence before they are eligible for supervised release. But with good behavior, they can be eligible for release after serving 85 percent of the term. Denton was targeted by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The agencies utilized an informant nicknamed “Bubba” to buy oxymorphone pills on three occasions over a two-month period beginning in April 2019. Denton also sold the informant a .22-caliber Magnum pistol. When law officers executed a search warrant at Denton’s home on Fox Chase Road, on July 8, 2019 they confiscated three revolvers, along with methadone and oxymorphone pills, also known as Opana. Denton was 24 years old in 1975 when he murdered Steven Valentine at the Red Lantern Tavern. He was found guilty of the second-degree murder of Valentine and aiding and abetting in the homicides of Gary Miller and Ricky Cochran. Jacky Layman also was killed in the Cocke County bar that day.

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