Two people charged with stealing approximately $105,000 from their female victim's money market account at a local bank were sentenced Tuesday, June 24 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.
Judge Leon Burns, Jr. presided.
28 year old Jonathon Daniel Nellums pleaded guilty to theft of property and received a six year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction. He must also make restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined. He was given jail credit from March 8, 2014 to June 24, 2014. Meanwhile, 32 year old Robin Baquedano pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $10,000 and received a six year sentence to serve at 30% before her release eligibility date. She is to make restitution in an amount to be determined. The case is to run concurrently with a Rutherford County violation of probation against her. She was given jail credit from February 10 to June 24, 2014.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said Nellums and Baquedano allegedly took approximately $105,000 from the victim's money market account at Regions Bank in DeKalb County from November 8, 2013 to February 5, 2014. The case was investigated by a criminal detective.
Meanwhile, in other cases 35 year old Jeremy Robert Vaughn pleaded guilty to one count of auto burglary and two counts of theft under $500. He received a sentence of eleven months and twenty nine days in each of the theft cases and two years for auto burglary to run concurrently with each other. He must serve at least 30% before his release eligibility date. Vaughn was given 202 days of jail credit.
27 year old Jennifer Ferrell pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and received a two year sentence all suspended to supervised probation to be supervised by community corrections. The term is to run consecutive to her current probation. She is to make restitution in an amount to be determined. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 a deputy took a theft report from a victim on New Home Road. Eleven truck batteries were reported stolen. The total value of the stolen batteries is $1,520. The officer recovered nine of the batteries at a local recycling center where Ferrell and a co-defendant had allegedly sold some of the batteries.
37 year old Brady Cunningham pleaded guilty to theft over $10,000 and received a four year sentence all suspended to supervised probation. He was given fifty three days of jail credit. Sheriff Ray said that on January 14, 2013 Cunningham took a 2006 black Chevrolet pickup truck from Jason's Auto Sales on Nashville Highway. The value of the truck was $11,500. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.
28 year old Steven Dale Davidson pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a four year sentence in each case all suspended to supervised probation. The terms are to run concurrently with each other. He is to make restitution of $6,100 to one of the victims.
Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday November 5, 2013 Davidson allegedly took several items from property on Jones Mill Road including an Allis Chalmers dozer winch, a three point hitch bush hog, a three point hitch pickup disk, a two bottom plow, a three point hitch pond scoop, logging forks from a fork lift, and two-three point hitch cultivators. Davidson allegedly admitted to taking these items. Most of them were sold to a local recycling center but Davidson said he sold the bush hog to a family member for thirty dollars. The case was investigated by a detective of the Sheriff's Department. Meanwhile on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Davidson and a co-defendant entered a residence on James Place and took several items from the home including a storage trunk, a picture, jewelry box, a wooden bunk bed, two mattresses, a wooden end table, and a bag containing sheets and towels all valued at more than $500.
30 year old Megan Tramel pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery. She received a two year sentence in two of the cases and one year in the third all to run consecutive to each other for a total sentence of five years all suspended to supervised probation. Tramel must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and she is under a restraining order to keep away from her grandmother, grandfather, and uncle. Sheriff Ray said that Tramel passed a forged check on the account of a family member on six different occasions at Walmart from June 13 through August 28, 2013. She was arrested after an investigation by a criminal detective of the Sheriff's Department. According to Sheriff Ray, Tramel allegedly passed the forged checks in the following amounts on the following dates: $66.51 on June 13; $142.52 on June 20; $131.60 on August 18; $109.62 on August 20; $87.75 on August 21; and $197.83 on August 28. She pleaded guilty to only three of the charges on June 13, August 18, and August 28, 2013.