A convicted felon from Morristown who participated in a bone-crushing, beat-down robbery in June 2018 was sentenced to four years in state prison on Thursday, according to documents.
Dexter McCullough, 23, was indicted for robbery, but was allowed to plead guilty to aggravated assault, a lesser offense. Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger ordered the four years will run consecutively to what remains of a three-year sentence McCullough for aggravated assault McCullough received in 2017 after admitting to severely beating a jail inmate.
The object of McCullough’s aggression, a man named Eric Rector, was beaten in the head with a metal pipe, and then repeatedly punched and kicked Rector in the head after he went down, according to Detective Ron Sargent with the Morristown Police Department, who reported Rector sustained multiple facial fractures, including an eye socket.
McCullough and his alleged accomplice, Justin Bryant, pocketed just $20 in the strong-armed robbery. Bryant, 26, is scheduled to plead guilty on July 24, according to court records. Bryant was on probation or parole at the time of the assault. His sentence isn’t flat until June 2023, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
The trend of Hamblen County crystal-meth dealers avoiding prison time continued on Thursday.
Christopher S. Gilliam, 28, was sentenced to eight years in the probation-like community-corrections program after pleading guilty to delivery of meth. He’s still responsible for paying a $2,000 fine and $200 in restitution to the sheriff’s department.
Trista Richardson, a 25-year-old crystal-meth dealer, was sentenced to 12 years in community corrections, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $190 in restitution to the sheriff’s department after she pleaded guilty.
Jonathan Curtis Parvin, 44, also pleaded guilty to felony meth possession. His community-corrections sentence is 10 years. The fine is the same. The community-corrections sentence for Robert Darnell Gates, 47, is 12 years. He pleaded guilty to three counts of meth delivery.
The others who pleaded guilty in Hamblen County Criminal Court and the resolution of their cases are:
Lucas T. Rolen, 29, delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance; 108 days of a one-year sentence; $1,000 fine;
Albert Lee Phillips III, 46, three counts auto burglary and driving on a revoked license; four years community corrections;
Connor Stevens, 21, two counts simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; two years supervised probation; $895 fine.