A man believed responsible for several vehicle burglaries was sentenced Friday, February 19 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.
Judge David Patterson presided.
18 year old Steven Tyler Wheeler entered a plea to three counts of auto burglary and received a two year sentence in each case to run consecutively with each other for a total of six years. The sentence has been suspended to supervised probation except for 120 days. Wheeler is requesting judicial diversion. He is also to make restitution of $700 to Model City Auto Sales. Wheeler was given 94 days jail credit.
Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins said Wheeler was arrested on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 on three counts of burglary and vandalism. Officers took two reports on Walker Drive where someone had entered vehicles and taken items without the owner's permission. A report was also taken on Tuesday, November 17 of someone busting out a window and possibly trying to hot wire a vehicle at Model City Auto Sales in an attempt to steal the automobile. Upon investigation it was determined that all three incidents were related and that Wheeler was a suspect. After questioning, Wheeler was charged and arrested without incident.
Wheeler was charged with another burglary and theft on Friday, November 20. According to police, an officer took a report on Wednesday, November 18 in which a vehicle had been broken into on Walker Drive. Upon investigation, Wheeler was determined to have been involved in this incident in addition to the other break-ins on Walker Drive.
47 year old Kimberly Ann Patterson entered a plea to possession of a schedule II drug for resale. She received a six year sentence to serve at 30% The term is to run concurrently with all other current sentences against her. All other charges including two drug offenses are to be dismissed and not presented for indictment. She was given jail credit from July 24, 2015 to February 19, 2016.
Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 24, 2015 a sheriff's department detective went to Patterson's residence on Toad Road and spoke with her. During a discussion about a search, Patterson produced money and a silver container from her bra. The cash totaled $200. Inside the container were four and a half pills believed to be Dilaudid. She was placed under arrest.
47 year old William (Billy) Stephen Zaderiko entered a plea to theft of property under $500 and received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days. He must make restitution of $1,500. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Zaderiko was questioned about a 2013 Hustler zero turn lawn mower which he had in his possession. Zaderiko said he had purchased the mower from an auction company in Cookeville. After an investigation, it was discovered that Zaderiko had lied to law enforcement officers. During subsequent questioning, Zaderiko admitted to having lied about where he obtained the lawn mower saying he received it from his cousin who resides in Benton, Kentucky. Zaderiko further admitted to having sold the lawn mower to another person for $7,500. Officers learned that the lawn mower had been stolen in Benton, Kentucky on July 18, 2014 and that the serial number had been removed. Zaderiko said he lied about the lawn mower because he did not want to get his cousin in trouble.
46 year old Robert Roy Atnip, Jr. entered a plea to burglary and received a ten year sentence as a range III offender to serve 45% before parole eligibility. He must make restitution of $500 to Smithville Golf Course. Atnip was given jail credit of 220 days. Smithville Police said that on Saturday, September 6, 2014 Atnip allegedly broke into an outbuilding at the Smithville Golf Course and took several grass trimmers and hedge trimmers, valued at $1,500.
24 year old Clay Andrew Bain entered a plea by information to a charge of aggravated assault. He received a five year sentence all suspended except for 90 days. Bain will be on TDOC supervised probation and he must forfeit his weapon. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 a deputy was dispatched to Lakeview Drive in reference to a domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Bain's girlfriend who reported that after she and Bain had gotten into an argument he shoved her to the ground causing a cut and swelling to her hand. As the woman's daughter, a minor child, tried to break up the argument, Bain grabbed her by the arm and slung her to the side causing injury to the child's arm and shoulder. After being told by the deputy that he was under arrest, Bain ran into the house and to a back bedroom where he grabbed a muzzleloader pistol from a dresser, and waved it around with the officer and others in the room. Bain was forcibly restrained and handcuffed. The weapon was found to be unloaded.
32 year old Terra Elaine Locklear entered a plea to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. She received a sentence of three years for the aggravated burglary and two years in the theft case to run consecutively with each other for a total of five years. The term is also to run consecutively with another case against her. Locklear will remain in the DeKalb County Drug Court Program and she is to make restitution to victims in the following amounts $500 and $425.
Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Locklear and a co-defendant, 37 year old Jessie Eugene Thomas broke into a residence on Dale Ridge Road and took several tools and building materials with a total value of $1,190. During the burglary, Thomas also broke out a window valued at $425. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective. Thomas and Locklear were arrested on Friday, June 26. Thomas was also charged with vandalism. His case remains pending in court.
31 year old Rickey Stanley entered a plea to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except for 48 hours to serve. He was fined $360. He will be on supervised probation for six months followed by six months of good behavior probation. Stanley must also undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.
30 year old Brandon Scott Kidd entered a plea by information to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation.
26 year old Christopher Alan Medlin entered a plea by information to burglary other than a habitation and theft over $1,000. He received a three year sentence in each case suspended to supervised probation. The sentences will run consecutively with each other for a total of six years to serve 120 days. A co-defendant, 24 year old Hillary Elizabeth Knowles entered a plea by information on February 12 to burglary and theft over $1,000 and received a three year sentence in each case suspended to probation. The sentences are to run consecutively with each other for a total of six years and consecutive to a violation in General Sessions Court . She is to make restitution to victims in the following amounts: $111.50, $7.29, and $50.
Sheriff Ray said that on September 13, 2015 Knowles and Medlin allegedly broke into an outbuilding at a residence on Oak Place Drive and took property valued at $550 including a Troybilt pressure washer and a tool box full of various tools. Medlin allegedly admitted to selling the stolen property. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.
The theft charge against Medlin alleged that on August 29, 2015 he took various merchandise from Walmart valued at more than $1,000.
51 year old Lisa D. Dyer entered a plea to theft over $10,000 and received a four year sentence on TDOC probation. She was given 22 days jail credit and must make restitution of $12,047 to Edgar Evins Marina.
41 year old Ernest Barnwell entered a plea to a fourth offense of driving on a revoked license and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to run concurrently with a Warren County sentence against him.
35 year old Roger Curtis Gregory entered a plea by information to reckless driving and received a six month sentence on supervised probation.
45 year old Clarence Sexton, Jr. entered a plea to driving on a suspended license and received a sentence of six months on supervised probation. He will lose his license pursuant to Tennessee Department of Safety regulations.
53 year old Carl E. Martin pled guilty to domestic assault and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to probation. The sentence is to run concurrently to all current sentences against him. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, May 9, 2015 a deputy responded to Cookeville Highway for a physical domestic between Martin and his wife. Martin allegedly caused bodily harm to the woman by breaking her tooth, busting her lip, and bruising her eye lid and eye brow. The woman said that Martin held her down by the hair and beat her in the face while in the living room of the home. The woman said she feared for her safety.
38 year old Joel Thomas Hayes entered a plea to theft under $500 and simple possession. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case on probation. Hayes was fined $750. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to a Warren County case against him. He must make restitution of $20 to a victim.
50 year old James Warner, Jr. entered a plea to aggravated assault and received a three year sentence all suspended to supervised probation. He must attend domestic violence classes. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 15, 2014 Warner allegedly assaulted his wife by grabbing her by the throat and he threw her on the ground, resulting in a knot on the back of her head. He also allegedly hit her in the face which resulted in a knot on her forehead. Physical markings could be seen on the woman's throat area where Warner had tried to strangle her. A minor child was in the home at the time and witnessed the assault.
38 year old Michelle Yarbro entered a plea to driving under the influence and simple possession of schedule IV and II drugs. She received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutively for a total of almost three years. Yarbro must serve 48 hours and then be on probation. She was fined a total of $1,850 and must attend a DUI class and victim impact panel, undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow all recommendations. She will also lose her driver license for one year.
68 year old Paul Cox Herron, Jr. entered a plea by information to reckless driving and received a six month sentence on supervised probation.
20 year old Oscar Garcia pled guilty to evading arrest and resisting arrest . He got a one year sentence for evading and six months for resisting . The sentences are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to a Putnam County case against him. He will be on supervised probation. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3, 2014 a deputy was dispatched to Cookeville Highway to look for a possible drunk driver. The officer saw the vehicle and noticed that it had failed to maintain its lane of travel. The deputy tried to stop the automobile but it sped away traveling at up to 100 miles per hour down Cookeville Highway. The car ran four traffic lights along the way, barely missing other motorists as it carelessly swerved in and out of traffic. At one point, the vehicle pulled over to the shoulder of the road and stopped, but then took off again as the officer got out of his patrol car. The deputy got back in his cruiser and began a 13.75 mile pursuit to Hurricane Ridge Road where the fleeing automobile finally stopped. The driver, Garcia initially refused to get out of the vehicle. When he finally did exit the car, Garcia resisted being handcuffed. Garcia was eventually arrested and brought to the jail for booking. Garcia, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person, admitted to drinking two beers.
37 year old Gregory Roberts pled guilty to a third offense of driving on a revoked license. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation except for 48 hours to serve. He will lose his driver license eligibility per Department of Safety regulations. Roberts was given two days of jail credit.
47 year old Bradley L. Luna entered a plea to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve 48 hours and then be on probation. He was fined $350 and will lose his driver license for one year. He must attend a DUI class and victim impact panel.