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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Rape

Sentencing delayed for child porn suspect (10/03/14)
Sentencing for a former Bedford County youth minister charged with possessing child pornography has been delayed until November. Joseph Todd Neill, 38, has had his case moved to Nov. 6 following a problem with paperwork to have him transported to Bedford County...
Area man named to Most Wanted list (08/21/14)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Edward William Tarras, Jr. of La Vergne. Tarras, 39, is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department and the TBI after failing to appear in court last Friday, where he faced almost two dozen sex-related charges...
State appeals court denies pair of pleas (06/10/14)
Two people from Bedford County serving prison sentences have lost criminal court appeals this past week. Brooke Lee Whitaker claimed she received ineffective assistance of counsel, that her guilty plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered, and that her court-appointed lawyer had a conflict of interest as the former sheriff of Bedford County "that prejudiced his representation ..."...
June court appearance set for rape suspect (04/09/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister already in federal custody will make his last appearance in a Bedford County courtroom in June. Joseph Todd Neill, 37, will answer on June 20 to charges of two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and 21 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor...
Man charged with attacking child (02/19/14)
Six charges of rape of a child have been filed against a Shelbyville man being held on $1.2 million bond. Martin Martinez Barillas allegedly committed sexual acts against the victim, who is not his child, over a 13-year period. The girl confided in a friend, who notified police...
Man faces 25 years after rape conviction (07/12/13)
A Woodbury man who raped a child in Bedford County earlier this year is facing a long prison term, officials say. Jonathan Allen Brannon, 23, of Woodbury, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison with 100 percent of the sentence to be served. The child, whose age is described as under 10, was spending the night at Brannon's home when the incident occurred. ...
Attack nets man 20-year sentence (04/17/13)
A Shelbyville man will spend the next few years in jail after pleading guilty to a brutal case of domestic violence. David Wayne Johnson Jr., 29, was sentenced to 20 years on charges of attempted especially aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated rape...
Guilty means guilty, judge tells inmate (02/20/13)
A woman who pled to raping a fellow Bedford County inmate in 2008 has lost another appeal -- this time over the definition of "guilty." Evetta Mai McGee had been sentenced to 11 years for the sexual assault, which in addition to a previous drug conviction, amounts a 20-year stint in prison...
Suspect accused of raping 8-year-old (01/24/13)
A Woodbury man has been charged with raping an 8-year-old child in Bedford County. Jonathan Allen Brannon, 23, of Woodbury was taken into custody Tuesday after admitting to the incident, Detective Sgt. Chad Webster of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Sex offender denied lighter sentence (01/22/13)
A local man convicted of sexual offenses against a child has lost an appeal for a reduced sentence. Desi Kris Moore received a 25-year sentence from Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler in 2011 after being convicted of rape of a child, a class A felony, and aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony...
Seducer targeted family: Police (01/08/13)
The youth pastor accused of seducing a 17-year-old member of his church's youth group became close to her family over a period of time, a Shelbyville police detective said today. Joseph Todd Neill, 36, who was youth minister of North Fork Baptist Church until resigning last week, was charged Thursday with statutory rape and sexual battery by an authority figure...
Couple charged in child rape case (09/05/12)
A Bedford County couple was arrested over the weekend in connection with the sexual abuse of a child, according to Bedford County Sheriff's Department. Douglas Allen Mason, 47, of Old Nashville Dirt Road is charged with rape while his wife, Stacy Michelle Mason, 41, is charged with failure to report child sex abuse, Detective Chad Webster said...
Defendant loses another appeal in rape case (07/20/12)
A woman serving 40 years for child rape has lost yet another appeal in her case. Rhonda Louise Medley was charged in 2007 with five counts of rape of a child and was later convicted of the crimes. Medley was 28 at the time the incidents took place and the victim was a 12-year-old boy...
Inmate files suit vs. sheriff's office, attorneys (07/20/12)
A Bedford County man who pleaded guilty to child rape eight years ago has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a number of individuals in relation to his case. Brian Keith Milstead filed a complaint for violation of civil rights against the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, public defenders Andrew Jackson Dearing III and Donna Hargrove, assistant district attorneys Mike Randals and Ann Lacy Filer, along with April Hernandez...
'True predator' faces long sentence (10/20/11)
A Shelbyville man called "a true sexual predator" received the toughest sentence the judge could hand down on Monday. Joseph Darryl Taylor, 55, will serve a 20-year sentence for rape, consecutive to any remaining time of a 15-year term he had been previously serving before being released on community corrections...
Supreme Court refuses to hear Whitaker appeal (09/29/11)
Tennessee's Supreme Court has denied hearing an appeal from a woman who admitted guilt in a 2008 jail rape. Brooke Lee Whitaker's application for an appeal was denied, it was announced Tuesday by the court. She will be allowed to waive legal costs, but was also denied a motion for the appointment of counsel...
Supreme Court won't hear Whitaker appeal (09/28/11)
Tennessee's Superme Court has denied hearing an appeal from a woman who admitted guilt in a 2008 jail rape. Brooke Lee Whitaker's application for an appeal was denied, it was announced Tuesday by the court. She will be allowed to waive legal costs, but was also denied a motion for the appointment of counsel...
Rape charge filed following attack (09/13/11)
A Shelbyville man was charged with rape after allegedly attacking a woman in her home Saturday. Marquez Candido Pulido, 51, of Couch Lane, was being held on $10,000 bond Monday at Bedford County Jail. The victim told Shelbyville police she was asleep when Pulido attacked. She ordered him out of her bedroom and he angrily tore away her blanket and yelled at her to leave, the report said...
Whitaker denied in plea for lighter term (06/09/11)
A woman who pleaded guilty to raping a fellow inmate at the Bedford County jail in 2008 lost her appeal for a lighter sentence. Brooke Lee Whitaker had been indicted for aggravated rape for her part in the sexual assault of another female inmate on the night of Aug. 20, 2008 at the jail...
Court denies lower sentence for jail rapist (09/16/10)
One of the four women who pleaded guilty to raping a fellow inmate in 2008 while locked up in Bedford County Jail has lost her appeal for a lower sentence. Evetta Mai McGee had appealed her sentence of 11 years to the Court of Criminal Appeals, contending that Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler had erred when he "enhanced her sentence beyond the statutory minimum without explanation."...
Repeat sex offender charged with raping 13-year-old boy (09/14/10)
A Shelbyville man has been charged with raping a 13-year-boy after allegedly offering him marijuana, Shelbyville police said Monday. Joseph Darryl Taylor, 53, Madison Street, "enticed" the youth to his home with the drug, Detective Sgt. Brian Crews said...
Stewart changes mind, pleads guilty in rape case (05/05/10)
A Tullahoma man who refused to plead guilty last week to a 2002 rape apparently changed his mind Monday and accepted a sentence of 15 years in prison. James Lynne Stewart, 52, of South Anderson Street appeared before Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler and accepted a best interest plea of guilty to the charge of aggravated rape...
Kidnap-rape suspect refuses deal, faces trial (04/27/10)
A Tullahoma man accused of a 2002 kidnapping and rape will go to trial next month after refusing to plead guilty on Monday. James Lynne Stewart, 52, of South Anderson Street, Tullahoma will go to trial on May 24 on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, aggravated assault and theft over $500 in connection with an alleged incident in 2002...
Shelbyville man sentenced in Marshall Co. rape case (03/26/10)
A Shelbyville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler in Lewisburg last week. A Marshall County jury found Nicholas Marshall, 22, guilty of two counts of rape in February. Marshall must serve his entire sentence because he is considered a "multiple" and "violent" offender. He will remain on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life...
Kidnap suspect's trial set for May (03/17/10)
A new trial date has been set for a Tullahoma man charged with a 2002 kidnapping and rape. Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler set a trial date of May 24 for James Lynne Stewart, 52, of South Anderson Street, Tullahoma. Stewart is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, aggravated assault and theft over $500 in connection with an alleged incident in 2002...
DNA from '02 case to undergo new tests (12/10/09)
A rape and kidnapping case against a Tullahoma man has been continued so DNA evidence can be retested. James Lynne Stewart, 51, was scheduled to stand trial this week on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, aggravated assault and theft over $500 in connection with an alleged incident in 2002...
Pre-trial hearing held for rape, kidnapping suspect (11/18/09)
With only a request for interview transcripts from his attorney, a Tullahoma man who faces rape and kidnapping charges briefly appeared for a pre-trial hearing on Monday. James Lynne Stewart, 51, is scheduled to stand trial on Dec. 8 and 9 on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, aggravated assault and theft over $500 in connection with an alleged incident in 2002...
Former ER worker arrested on rape charges in Alabama (10/23/09)
Harriet Neiman believes that if justice had been served in Bedford County 15 years ago, certain children might not have been abused in Alabama last year. Neiman is the mother of the teenage boy Dr. Michael Roy Sharpe allegedly slapped in the Bedford County Medical Center emergency room on Dec. 20, 1994...