By Karen Hall
A young woman from Smyrna was sentenced to five years on probation for her part in a failed burglary last spring.
Kiara King, 19, pled guilty and had a sentencing hearing before Christmas, but Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler took her case under advisement until last week so he would have time to consider what sentence to give.
King's co-defendants, Mariah McCutcheon, 19, and Jacobi Moore, 19, also pled guilty and are already serving their sentences, four years for McCutcheon and three years for Moore.
The three, along with a juvenile alleged to be Moore's brother, were caught stealing items from a home on Kenny Nelson Road on May 8. According to a press release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, the homeowner caught two people coming out of the house, and one of them was carrying her television. When confronted, the suspect carrying the TV dropped it and ran, while the other (McCutcheon) drew a gun on the woman and her father and walked to a waiting car.
King, the driver of the car, was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary and theft. According to the warrant sworn by Lewisburg Police Detective Jimmy Oliver, "King did commit aggravated burglary by being an accessory...by being the driver of the get-away vehicle. (She took) three subjects to a residence to commit a burglary, which they did commit, and fled the scene with them."
During the sentencing hearing, testimony portrayed King as intelligent and hard working, cooperative at home and well behaved at school.
King's mother said her daughter had never been in any trouble.
"This is way outside of the character I have known her to have," the mother said. "I didn't see it coming."
Crystal Gray of the Board of Probation and Parole described King as "remorseful."
"The other two were worse than she is," Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard commented.
"The other two had prior records and serious disciplinary problems at school," agreed Crigler. "She's still guilty by criminal responsibility."
In addition to staying out of trouble and reporting to her probation officer for the next five years, King was ordered to pay court costs of $875, maintain employment, complete victim-impact classes, and make restitution of $10 to the victim for two packs of cigarettes that were stolen from the house.