Court sentences passed down

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sentences were passed last week on two Marshall County residents who pleaded guilty to charges against them, and also on a man who had a jury trial.

Brittany L. West, 21, of 5th Avenue North pleaded guilty to prescription fraud. West confessed to Lewisburg Police Department Officer Denise Savage that she had modified a prescription on April 14 this year, changing the number of hydrocodone pills on it from four to 41. Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler sentenced West to four years of Community Corrections, a strict form of probation. If she violates her probation, West can be sent to the Tennessee Department of Corrections to serve a four-year sentence. Sonny Wayne Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to felony harassment. Smith was already serving a sentence for harassing his ex-wife when he wrote a series of letters to her from prison that made her fear for her safety. In a victim-impact statement, Smith's ex-wife wrote, "All I want is for him to leave me alone yet he won't. I worry that he will hurt me and the children. I know that he isn't afraid of the law and I fear that."

In his interview with Jim Grimes, which forms part of the pre-sentence report, Smith pleads, "Give me a chance to show my good side," and claims, "I am basically a good guy who got really screwed up and it cost me everything I love."

Nevertheless, Judge Crigler sentenced him to two years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections, added to the term he is already serving. Smith will be eligible for a parole hearing after serving 30 percent of those two years.

Brian Mark Driggers, 38, whose address has been listed as Eagleville and Spring Hill, was the defendant in a two-day jury trial in June. A 12-count indictment alleged multiple instances of forgery and theft, but the jury only found Driggers guilty of two counts of forgery up to $1,000 and one count of theft of $500 or less.

Driggers was employed last year by Robert and Veeda Kielbasa at their Free Spirit Farms on Globe Road, Lewisburg, as a horse trainer and property manager. He was accused of writing farm checks and signing the Kielbasas' names to them without permission.

On the forgery conviction, Driggers was sentenced to serve one year and three months with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and pay restitution of $500. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of that time. Concurrently, Crigler sentenced Driggers to serve 11 months and 29 days in the County jail for the theft conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard reported Thursday he had heard unofficially that Driggers was free pending appeal, having posted an appeal bond.