L'burg man indicted on statutory rape

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Lewisburg man was indicted on charges of aggravated statutory rape at the grand jury's October meeting last week.

Joshua David McBurnett, 32, of Ruby Road, received an eight-count indictment. According to documents in the case file, he began abusing his victim in 2006, and last had contact with her in September 2010, when she was 16 years old.

Other defendants indicted last week include: James Roy Lee Jr., 49, of Petersburg, who is charged with a fifth offence of driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, and driving on a suspended license.

Meanwhile, Timothy B. Morton, 30, of Coleman Street, was indicted on one count of aggravated burglary. Morton is alleged to have been in the victim's apartment when she returned home on Aug. 31, 2010.

And, William Keith Davis, 40, formerly of Belfast, was indicted by the grand jury in September, but wasn't arraigned until last week. Davis' three-count indictment charges him with one count of burglary and two counts of theft for an incident on July 4, 2010, when he allegedly broke into East Side Wrecker Service and stole some tools worth less than $500. Davis is currently resident in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial or by a guilty plea.

In other court business this week, Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler accepted several guilty pleas.

Ronald T. Barron, 33, pleaded guilty to failure to appear, felony DUI, violation of the implied consent law, driving on a revoked license, having no insurance, and speeding. Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Wayne Dunkleman found Barron on West Commerce Street on New Year's Day, driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone and swerving from side to side. Crigler gave Barron an effective two-year sentence of which he must serve 30 percent before being eligible for parole. Barron's fines total $3,102, and he loses his driver's license for one year. Crigler also ordered Barron to serve 45 days in the county jail, but he has already been there for 58 days.

Joshua David Wentzel, 28, of Douglas Avenue, entered an open plea of guilty to aggravated statutory rape and theft of property valued at $1,000-$10,000. Crigler sentenced him to three years at 30 percent on each of the charges, to run concurrently. The charges arose from an incident earlier this year, when Wentzel and another young man visited a home where a teenager was babysitting young children, got her drunk, had sexual intercourse with her, and left with two televisions and a cell phone. Wentzel was represented by attorney David McKenzie.