Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Rodgers sentenced
Philip Lance Rodgers was sentenced Tuesday by Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Carter Moore on charges of arson, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon (a vehicle), aggravated assault, and resisting arrest, in connection with an episode involving his ex-girlfriend last year. Rodgers, 37, Allen Road, Newport, torched the home of Amy Epley, West Highway 25/70, Newport, on October 27, after he had threatened to burn down the double-wide home. Epley's pet dog died in the fire. Ms. Epley said when she arrived at her burning home, Rodgers chased her through her yard with his vehicle. Epley attempted to flee in her car and was chased down West Highway 25/70 by Rodgers who rammed her auto causing it to crash into an embankment in Jefferson County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says after the crash, Rodgers attempted to pull Ms. Epley from her vehicle before fleeing the scene. As a result of the crash, Rogers was charged with aggravated assault in Jefferson County. Judge Moore imposed a five year sentence and Rodgers will be required to serve 30 percent of the term before he is eligible for parole. In addition, Rogers was ordered to have no contact with Ms. Epley and will be required to make restitution when a figure is determined.


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