Man gets house arrest

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Marshall County resident who was arrested in last year's drug sweep was sentenced last week after pleading guilty.

Ralph Edward Fuller, 60, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sale and delivery of prescription drugs (painkillers like Lortabs and morphine) to a confidential informant working for the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Fuller is disabled, having injured his back and hip while working as a logger almost 20 years ago. Prior to that, he worked for 24 years at Heil Quaker. Perhaps taking this into consideration, Judge Robert Crigler sentenced Fuller to 365 days of house arrest. He is allowed to leave his home only to go to the doctor and to church. Fuller was also ordered to pay off the $2,000 fine and the court costs at a rate of $80 per month.

The length of Fuller's sentence is three years, to be served at 30 percent, and his period of probation is eight years, so if he violates the terms of his house arrest, or of his probation in the seven years after that, he could spend up to a year in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

A Marshall County woman who opted for a bench trial in her drug case was found guilty this week.

"I'm the finder of fact in this," said Crigler, as he listened to evidence in the case of Holly Perryman, 25. She was indicted by the Grand Jury in December on charges alleging possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II drug (powder cocaine), and with possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Perryman was represented by J. Daniel Freemon of the Freemon Law Firm, Lawrenceburg. At a suppression hearing last month, Freemon argued that there was no probable cause to stop and search the car Perryman was driving back to Lewisburg from Columbia, along with a man, another woman, and two children. The three adults had taken money from the same confidential informant as in Fuller's case buy cocaine in Columbia. Crigler ruled against the motion to suppress and the bench trial went forward, ending with the guilty verdict.

Perryman's bond was revoked, and she was led away, visibly upset, according to courthouse employees, to begin her sentence. The judge will determine the actual length of the sentence next month, when he has had time to study a pre-sentencing report.

A Spring Hill woman is scheduled for a jury trial today.

Allison S. Rogers, 31, was indicted on charges of driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, and possession of Schedule IV drugs (Valium and Xanax). Rogers was stopped in the Wal-Mart parking lot by Lewisburg Police Department Officer Amanda Newcomb at about 2 a.m. March 26, 2008. Newcomb stopped the 1995 Ford F250 because she noticed one of the headlights was not working. Once she was in contact with Rogers, Newcomb had reason to believe she was driving under the influence and administered field sobriety tests. According to Newcomb's report, Rogers admitted to drinking "a couple of beers a few hours ago...around 7 p.m. when she ate dinner."

Rogers' attorney is John S. Colley III of Columbia. He has already filed a motion to have the case suppressed because the stop in the Wal-Mart parking lot was not justified, but Crigler overruled this.