Term started as holidays begin

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Lewisburg man has started serving time before sentencing since he was convicted this month as the lookout man during an attempted burglary at Marshall Medical Center's pharmacy.

That leaves his infant son and the boy's mother, Lisa Beadle, without him for the holidays, she said. Beadle said she planned to return to work at the Tyson chicken plant in Shelbyville while Brandon Dewayne Sanders, 22, is in the Marshall County Jail.

"I just want him home," said Beadle, acknowledging that, "He's got to serve time now. He's just going to start serving time."

After hearing the jury's verdict on Sanders, Judge Robert Crigler didn't revoke Sanders bond. He increased it to $30,000. Sanders decided against posting bond.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 2.

Sanders was arrested last spring, according to court records that show Alvin Thomas McGee III, 38, called Sanders, asking him for a ride to the hospital.

McGee "has a morphine addiction and was needing something to help him from getting sick," Sanders wrote in the record that explains he drove McGee's truck to the hospital on that Tuesday, March 25.

By the end of the day, McGee was charged with attempted burglary and vandalism, and Sanders was also a suspect who was booked into the jail on May 10, released on $10,000 bond, then headed for the trial conducted on Nov. 14 in the Marshall County Courthouse.

McGee "wanted me to look out for him" when he tried to get in the pharmacy on March 25, Sanders wrote to authorities. McGee tried to crawl through the ceiling. Sanders spoke with nurses and other staffers, including a security guard. Sanders told the guard he was waiting for a friend to get out of the doctor's office, according to the defendant's statement.

And so, he didn't tell authorities what McGee was doing, but he eventually called McGee's girlfriend to advise her that her boyfriend was being arrested, according to the statement.

McGee pleaded guilty of attempted burglary on June 18 when he agreed to accept two five-year terms with the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He was declared a persistent offender and won't be eligible for parole until he serves 45 percent of five years. Those terms are to be served at the same time, but they start after he completes a sentence from a previous conviction.

Sanders' trial jury of seven men and five women deliberated about two hours on Nov. 14 and returned two guilty verdicts. Both convictions are for criminal responsibility for the crimes by McGee. Such acts have also been called facilitation, meaning the acts assisted a crime.

They may be compared to a get-away driver being just as responsible for what a bank robber did during that crime.

In Sanders case, the crime was doing something that helped McGee commit attempted burglary and vandalism.

"He was accused of being the transportation" for McGee, Beadle said. "The jury decided his fate. There's nothing he can do about it."