Two receive court sentences

Friday, September 18, 2009

Two Marshall County residents who pleaded guilty earlier this summer were sentenced last week.

Anthony Bruce Moore, 49, was sentenced to serve five years with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, consecutive to other sentences from Williamson County and from Washington Parrish, La. Moore will be eligible for parole on his Marshall County sentence after serving 30 percent of the time, or 18 months.

Moore has also agreed to pay restitution to his victims: $600 to Aaron Duggin; $4,112.92 to Jay Jackson; and $25,500 to William Harper of Wade Brown Road, who bought two pieces of equipment that turned out to have been stolen.

Moore, represented by Lewisburg city attorney Bill Haywood, was also ordered to pay court costs.

He was indicted on four counts of theft of property valued between $10,000 and $60,000. These relate the theft of a Gehl skid loader in Marshall County in August 2005, and the sale of a stolen Komatsu loader and dozer to a Marshall County resident in April 2005.

On Aug. 8, 2005, Moore took a skid loader from the site of a house being built on Hwy 99, Chapel Hill. It was the property of Vince and Jay Jackson.

In his victim-impact statement, Vince Jackson wrote, "The sorry SOB took something that we had worked hard for and paid for. We were without our equipment that we needed and we had to pay someone else to do what we purchased the equipment for. We also were out financially due to making an expensive trip to Louisiana to get the skid loader back, repairs for damage and attorney fees, and missed work when we were subpoenaed to court."

Moore was arrested in Louisiana in November 2005, and a transcript of an interview with him at the Washington Parrish Sub-Station, Bogalusa, La. is part of his case file.

"If the owners of the equipment was here, what would you say to them?" asked Det. Tom Anderson.

"I'd apologize to them," Moore answered.

"If you were given a chance to make restitution - payback - for any kind of loses or damages would you be willing to do that?" inquired Anderson.

"Yes," replied Moore.

A pre-sentence report by Jim Grimes is also in Moore's case file.

In it Moore admits, "I stole them in Marshall County and two in Williamson County and took them to Louisiana to do clean up after the hurricane. I hauled them to Louisiana on a truck I rented."

"I wasn't thinking clear," Moore continued. "I had always lived a good clean life till I did this. I was raised good till this. I got overwhelmed with my bills after I got sick."

Moore was a self-employed heavy equipment operator from 1996 to 2008, and worked for Division II Construction in Nashville in 2008, but in March 2009 he started getting a Social Security disability payment of $1,200 per month because he has ankylosing spondylitis and early Alzheimer's disease. Moore also got a "back payment" on his disability of $40,000. He is making payments on a house said to be worth $100,000 on Clem Creek Road, Chapel Hill.

Lindsay June Kellum (spelled Kellam in some documents), 28, was sentenced to nine years probation for possession with intent to sell a Schedule II drug (powder cocaine), and 18 months probation for possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI drug (marijuana). A $2,000 fine was assessed for each charge. Judge Robert Crigler ruled that Kellum was to serve 28 days in jail, but she was given credit for 28 days spent at Buffalo Valley. Kellum's attorney was Robert T. Vaughn.

Kellum has two children. She graduated from Cornersville High School in 2000, and from Fayetteville Beauty School in 2005. In her pre-sentencing report, Kellum is quoted as saying, "I am not a criminal. Just an addict. I beg you to allow me to enter a rehab program. That was the first and last time I ever do anything like that (sell drugs). My whole family is suffering because of my actions."

Kellum and her youngest child were passengers, along with Marcus Canty, in the white Cadillac driven by Holly Perryman that was pulled over by law enforcement in October 2008, after making a buy of powder cocaine in Columbia, using 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force money supplied by confidential informant Dickie Kincaid.

Perryman was found guilty after a bench trial. When this was overturned on a technicality, she pleaded guilty, and has already been sentenced.

Canty is still at large, having failed to appear for the jury trial that had been scheduled for him.