An inmate incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail in October 2018 will make the extraordinary leap from a misdemeanor offender on a roadside litter crew to a high-level felon serving hard time in federal prison, according to court documents.
The game-changer for 31-year-old Bill Baker was the 5 ounces of crystal meth another litter-crew inmate “found” while picking up trash, according to Baker’s plea agreement, which indicates he’ll plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams.
“(Baker) later admitted he brought a baggie full of meth into the prison, but ultimately decided not to try to sneak it past the guards inside his body, and left the baggie of meth in the ‘shoe room,’” the plea agreement states.
If Baker didn’t get his bundle past corrections officers, it strongly appears somebody else did.
“Multiple prisoners tested positive for meth use the following day,” the plea agreement states.
While there were five men on the litter detail, only one other, William E. Echols, was indicted by a federal grand jury. Echols, a 35-year-old man who was serving time for violation of probation, has not filed a plea agreement.
In a Hamblen County-based crystal meth prosecution, Christy Marshall, the No. 4 defendant in a 12-defendant conspiracy headed by Joy Hileman, also filed a plea agreement indicating she’ll plead guilty to a 50-gram conspiracy, which normally means a 10-year sentence.
In March 2018, Marshall debriefed with law enforcement and identified Hileman as her supplier. Five months later, she sold to an informant. In early June, she came in for another interview and implicated Hileman a second time, according to her plea agreement.
“(Marshall) admitted she had dealt methamphetamine with Joy Hileman for three years,” the plea agreement states. “She purchased quarter- to half-ounces from Hileman every other day for two years.”
In an unrelated federal prosecution that originated in Hawkins County, Jason Ryan Frazier, who earlier pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, has been sentenced to 34 months behind bars.
Frazier, 38, was taken into custody in May 2018 after Hawkins County deputies were dispatched to investigate the complaint that Frazier had a handgun and was attempting to break into a residence on Old Stage Road in Rogersville. Frazier’s female companion reported she had tossed Frazier’s .25-caliber pistol in the grass when she saw the blue lights, according to his plea agreement.
Frazier was a two-sport star at West Greene High School, but later decided to focus on baseball. He received a scholarship at Southern Wesleyan College in South Carolina where he earned a starting position in his freshman year “and was seen as a budding star,” his attorney, Greeneville lawyer G. Nicholas Wallace wrote in the defense sentencing memorandum.
By the time he ended finished his sophomore year, Frazier was addicted to drugs and left school, according to the sentencing memo.