Sentences handed down, incarceration starts

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Marshall County Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler handed down sentences on Jan. 5 for the incarceration of people who pleaded guilty in November to charges stemming from burglary and misuse of prescription drugs.

They are as follows.

* Brandon C. Baker, 20, of Richardson Road or McCool Road, was sentenced to two years at 30 percent for assisting with the burglary of a residence on Caney Creek Lane in May last year. Baker and his accomplice took an Xbox 360 with two controllers, a cooler, and four games, valued at about $470. They sold the items for $150, of which Baker's share was $50. The homeowner's property was recovered from the man it had been sold to, according to the pre-sentence report by Crystal Gray of the Board of Probation and Parole. Marshall County Sheriff's Department Detective Keith Jolley investigated the case, and reported that the person who paid for the stolen property "stated that he bought the property from Baker."

Baker has 84 days pre-trial jail credit, and Crigler ordered him to report to jail to start serving his sentence at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. His co-defendant's case is still being adjudicated.

* Claude A. Brown, 27, of Cleveland, Tenn. also pleaded guilty to a burglary, as well as a failure-to-appear charge. Brown broke into a home on Old Farmington Road on March 17, 2008, and took some jewelry, leaving his fingerprints on the jewelry box, according to Gray's pre-sentence report. The victim knows Brown. Warrants were taken out for Brown, but he was not arrested until April 13, 2010, when he was picked up at the Courthouse when he was there for a child support case, according to the report by Lewisburg Police Detective Scott Braden. Brown was scheduled for trial on July 21, 2010, but failed to appear.

Crigler sentenced Brown to a total of three years at 30 percent. He has a pre-trial jail credit of 104 days.

* Flor Miranda Ramos, 27, of Mooresville Highway, pleaded guilty of two counts each of sale and delivery of a Schedule III drug, and possession of a Schedule III drug with intent to sell. According to warrants in the case file taken out by Agent Travis Childers of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Ramos sold 20 Lortabs to a confidential informant on Sept. 15, 2009, and 13 more on Sept. 17. A consensual search by DTF agents on Sept. 18 resulted in the discovery of 72 Lortabs, and Ramos "admitted she received those pills for the purpose of distributing them," Childers wrote.

Crigler sentenced Ramos to five years' probation, and ordered her to serve 30 days in the county jail beginning on Jan. 5, but noted that work release should be granted "upon approval of the Sheriff." Ramos was also fined a total of $6,000.

Ramos was represented by local attorney Martha Durocher. According to Gray's pre-sentence report, Ramos is a widow raising a young son, and also sending money to her family in Mexico.

"I get Lortab prescribed for my lower back. The job I have is lifting heavy boxes and I only take Lortab when I need them," Ramos wrote for Gray's report.

This contrasts with a statement by Agent Shane George that is also in the case file.

"Ramos informed me that she was obtaining her Lortab tablets by going to a physician at AJ Medical and telling that physician that she suffered from back pain which she informed me was not true," George wrote. George also stated Ramos told him she had been getting Lortabs for a year and illegally distributing them to make money.