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Drug defendant sentenced in Federal Court

Friday, August 20, 2010

A former Marshall County resident has been sentenced on drug charges in federal court.

Patrick C. Parks, 37, was sentenced in May to 202 months (16.8 years) in federal penitentiary as a direct result of the charges brought forward by the 17th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to Director Timothy R. Lane.

The investigation of Parks started in Marshall County, according to Lane. On June 15, 2007, Task Force agents arrested Parks in Shelbyville. When he was arrested, Parks had more than 10 grams of cocaine base and a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his possession. Parks was subsequently federally indicted in Chattanooga.

At that time, Parks was at large on state parole, having served 35 percent of a 20-year sentence for aggravated burglaries he committed in Marshall County in 2000.

Parks had told Judy D. Byrd of the Board of Probation and Parole, "...if you do the crime, do the time...I don't know when I will make it out. If I do, I will never be back."

Parks was also imprisoned in the 1990s after pleading guilty to forgery. In her report, Laurie Wade of the Department of Correction wrote, "Subject has indicated he has pending charges in Maury and Bedford counties. TBI and FBI rap sheets indicated that the defendant has a prior arrest record in Williamson and Davidson counties."

Parks was released on probation in March 1997, but his probation was revoked later that year after he violated nearly every condition of his release.

According to case files in the archives of the Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk's office, Parks has a lengthy criminal record, starting with a conviction for breach of the peace in Lewisburg City Court in 1992, when he was 19, and going on to convictions for assault, theft, evading arrest, criminal trespass, and contempt of court.

Documents in his case file show that Parks dropped out of Marshall County High School after 9th or 10th grade, and later failed a General Educational Development (GED) test. By the time Parks was 28 years old, he had been employed for a total of about one year at a series of minimum-wage jobs. He was born in Bedford County, but his mother lives in Lewisburg, and at various times, Parks gave Liggett Street, Apple Street, and Park Avenue as his home address.

The Drug Task Force made the federal case against Parks The team consists of officers and deputies from the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, the Shelbyville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and the Lewisburg Police Department. It is responsible for drug enforcement operations throughout the 17th Judicial District. It consists of Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford and Moore counties.