Man found guilty in connection with rape

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A young Lewisburg man pleaded guilty to criminal responsibility for rape, after a jury found the man who committed the rape guilty earlier this month.

Daniel Martin Ewing, 20, is alleged to have held the victim down while David C. Bates, 32, raped her.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler accepted Ewing's guilty plea on May 21, and sentenced him to 12 years with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, to be served at 100 percent because of the violence of the crime.

Ewing also pleaded guilty to introducing contraband into a penal institution, and for this he was sentenced to 6 years, consecutive to the 12-year term. This is to be served at 30 percent, so Ewing could be getting out of prison some time in 2025.

Ewing's appointed attorney was Terry Hernando.

Anessa Yvonne Blackwell, 35, of Belfast, was indicted by the Grand Jury on a charge of driving under the influence. Blackwell immediately pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days, suspended all but 48 hours. She was also fined $350, plus court costs; ordered to attend DUI school; and deprived of her driver's license for one year.

Other indictments handed down by the Grand Jury at their May session include:

* Gwendolyn J. Davidson, aka Gwen Carmell Davidson, 61, 2nd Avenue, 63 counts of theft and two counts of abuse. According to Fox 17 television's Web site, "the TBI says Davidson was caught stealing from an elderly woman and her mentally disabled adult son in Lewisburg. Authorities say Davidson stole more than $12,000 from the victims while she was working as a personal assistant for them" between Nov. 11, 2007, and June 2, 2008.

* Gregory P. Terry, 21, Haynes Street, possession and sale of Schedule II and VI drugs (cocaine and marijuana), and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. A search of Terry's Haynes Street residence uncovered half a pound of marijuana packaged for resale, and a loaded pistol, as well as drug paraphernalia such as scales, bongs, and pipes.

* Laura Beth Guzman Prendergrast, 28, Century Court, Franklin, five counts of forgery and theft. It is alleged that the checks for $150 and $250, which Prendergrast cashed at the Shell Food Mart on July 22, 2008, had been stolen from Willie Paul Davis dba Davis Rental and Davis' signature had been forged on them.

* Ricky Dorand Moore, 47, Apple Street. Officer Amanda Newcomb of the Lewisburg Police Department witnessed Moore driving on 5th Avenue North on Jan. 17, 2009. Moore was declared a habitual motor vehicle offender on Sept. 5, 2007, and, as such, is barred from driving.

* John J. McCall, 37, Colbert Hollow Road. Child abuse. McCall, whose booking form describes him as a "self-employed singer" is alleged to have struck his 5-year-old son in the face, causing bruising.

* Jim Wray, 35, Washington Drive (a Hill Street address appears on some court documents), child rape.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That is decided by a trial or by a guilty plea.