A Morristown man who used a pair of scissors to detain his one-time, live-in girlfriend and her son inside a bathroom in November 2017 has settled his case in Hamblen County Criminal Court with a plea, but it’s hardly a sweetheart deal, according to court documents.
Joseph Michael Walker, 36, was sentenced to serve all of an eight-year state prison term after he pleaded guilty to two counts apiece of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic assault. The dealing involved reducing one count of especially aggravated kidnapping. Walker agreed to plead guilty to the lesser offense of aggravated kidnapping, and in exchange agreed to serve 100 percent of the eight-year sentence, even though he’ll be eligible for release after serving 85 percent of the time.
The incident occurred at the Morristown Housing Authority apartment on West 11th North Street residence that Walker shared with Lonna Ann Walls and her minor son. At some point during a heated disagreement, the defendant directed them into the bathroom. The boy was released first. Police forcibly took Walker into custody after Walls was set free or escaped, according to Detective Ricky Sanders with the Morristown Police Department. .
Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger Jr. imposed an eight-year sentence on David Cisneros after Cisneros, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for his supporting role in beating a fellow Hamblen County jail inmate named Brandon Neeley in September 2018. Neeley was beaten into unconsciousness fewer than 90 minutes after he was booked into jail on a misdemeanor drug charge. Three other inmates were charged with felony assault.
Booker F. Jones, 30, had an outcome that differs from most defendants charged with felony crystal-meth possession. While the majority have been getting probation-like community corrections sentences, Jones was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined the customary $2,000
Joshua Aaron Moore, 36, cleared seven felony drug-sales cases, a felon-in-possession-of-a-firearm case, along with charges of misdemeanor theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, with an agreement to serve at least 35 percent of a seven-year sentence. Moore will be responsible for paying $14,725 in fines and $500 in restitution to law enforcement.
Two defendants indicted in unrelated cases received judicial diversions on Friday.
A Hamblen County grand jury indicted Rebecca Ann Barker, 20, for criminal simulation in an amount greater than $10,000. She must pay $7,900 in restitution and remain on supervised probation for three years. If she avoids arrest and pays what she owes, the felony offense could be expunged from her record.
The other judicial diversion went to Yire Aguilera Alvarado, a 29-year-old man who was indicted for aggravated statutory rape. He will be under court supervision for two years and must pay a $1,000 fine.
The other cases that were adjudicated Friday and the results are:
Robert Kenneth Greer Jr., 48, felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia; eight years community corrections; $2,225 fine;
Anthony Duane Sizemore, 42, theft over $10,000, aggravated assault and filing a false report; 12 years supervised probation; long-term substance-abuse treatment; restitution reserved for 30 days;
Sherry Fields, 42, two counts felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia; eight years community corrections; $4,225 fine;
Crystal Dawn Edwards, 42, delivery of a Schedule III drug and introduction of contraband into a penal institution; five years community corrections; $2,100 fine
Rebecca Ann Carpenter, 49, forgery over and under $1,000 and felony possession of meth; three years supervised probation; $2,000 fine and $5,223 restitution;
Todd Andrew Carswell, 30; theft over $2,500; two years community corrections; $500 restitution;
Mark A. Cooper, 35, auto burglary, theft over $2,500 and fraudulent use of a bank card; two years supervised probation; $1,100 fine;
Cassidy R. A. Webb, 36, attempted forgery; 11 months, 29 days supervised probation; $2,100 restitution;
Michael J. Stone, 27, resisting arrest; 30 days; $50 fine and $201 restitution;
Lahoma Renea Butler, 45, two counts of theft over $1,000; one year; $4,055 restitution;
Hollis E. Lambert, 28, two counts theft under $1,000; 11 months, 29 days supervised probation; $1,014 restitution;
Brady Anderson, 21, possession of drug paraphernalia; 10 days; $225 fine;