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Woman to start 90-day DUI sentence

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Nolensville woman, now of Chapel Hill, must report to the Marshall County Jail on April 20 to start her 90-day sentence on four traffic convictions.

A Marshall Count jury found Tracy Lynn Bell, 33, guilty in February on misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident, failure to notify police of an accident, violation of the open container law and driving under the influence.

Prosecutors sought a felony conviction for vehicular assault.

"She was shocked at her sentence," Assistant District Attorney Chris Collins said after court Wednesday. "She started squalling."

Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler sentenced Bell to 11 months 29 days in the county jail on the DUI charge, and ordered her to start serving 90 days on April 20. She will be on probation for the rest of the time. An additional 11-29 sentence on the charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident is to be served concurrently. Bell was also fined $350 for the DUI and $50 for violating the open container law.

Bell was represented by Lewisburg-based attorney David McKenzie.

Also in court Wednesday were other defendants who chose to enter guilty pleas rather than take their chances with a jury trial.

* Jason Dean Kelley, 34, of Culleoka, pleaded guilty to initiation of the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. Agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force caught Kelley with the ingredients and equipment to manufacture "meth" on Dec. 28. According to documents in his case file, Kelley stated at the time of his arrest that he had been "addicted to meth for approximately 10 years." Crigler sentenced him to 10 years, of which he must serve 30 percent before being eligible for a parole hearing. Kelley has 85 days' jail credit.

* Timothy Brian Morton, 21, of Coleman Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, and was sentenced to five years, of which he must serve 30 percent before being eligible for a parole hearing. Crigler ordered him to report on April 6 to start serving his sentence. According to the case file, Morton broke into a woman's apartment. She and her son found him there when they got home. Morton was not charged with stealing anything.

* Gregory L. Vincion, 39, pleaded guilty to driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender, and also to his fourth offense of driving under the influence, plus violation of the implied consent law. Crigler ordered him to serve 150 days in the county jail, and remain on probation until 2013. Vincion also has to pay a $3,000 fine, and cannot get a driver's license for six years.

* Donald Dewayne King, 30, pleaded guilty to violation of the sex offender registry law and violation of his community supervision order. Crigler sentenced him to a total of three years, of which he must serve 30 percent before being eligible for a parole hearing. King has 54 days' jail credit.

* Stephen James Fulmer, 21, of Chapel Hill, pleaded guilty to theft of property. Fulmer has been in jail for 93 days, and Crigler allowed him to be released on probation, which will continue for the balance of 11 months 29 days. McKenzie was Fulmer's court-appointed lawyer. His co-defendant Brandon C. Baker, 20, was sentenced in January to two years at 30 percent.

Fulmer and Baker were charged with breaking into a residence on Caney Creek Lane in May last year when they were accused of taking an Xbox 360 with two controllers, a cooler, and four games, valued at about $470. They sold the items for $150, of which Fulmer's share was $100, public records show.