Thursday, August 23, 2012
Three plea to lesser charges
By SUE WATSON
Three suspects charged with the aggravated assault of Charles Hardeman entered guilty pleas to two counts information in Circuit Court two weeks ago, according to Lucy Carpenter, Marshall County circuit clerk.
The three were also sentenced and released, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Ashley Hardeman, 19, of 321 Hurdle Club Road; Xavier Parks, 31, of Saulsbury, Tenn.; and Gregory Jenkins, 30, of Hardeman County, Tenn.; all pled guilty to one count of information regarding conspiracy to commit grand larceny and one count information regarding accessory after the fact to aggravated assault before judge Andrew Howorth in Oxford.
Hardeman and Parks entered pleas August 9 while Jenkins pled on August 6, Carpenter said.
Ashley Hardeman is the sister of the victim. Parks is the half brother of the fourth defendant Alexander Carter, 24, of Saulsbury, Tenn.
Carpenter said the three defendants, who each pled guilty to two counts information, chose that route rather than having their cases brought before a grand jury.
“They admitted to the information and asked Judge Howorth to accept their pleas rather than go before a grand jury,” she said.
The three received five years of prison on each count and the sentences were to run consecutively, Carpenter said. But Howorth placed the defendants on three years supervised probation on one count and two years supervised probation on the other count. The probation sentences will run consecutively, she said.
Alexander Carter remains in jail under $1 million bond and his case is scheduled to be presented to the circuit court grand jury on October 2, Carpenter said.
Dickerson thanked agents with the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals, the Hardemen and Fayette county, Tenn., sheriff’s departments, and his investigators at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department for the many hard and long hours worked to bring this case to closure.
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