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Alleged church burglar indicted by grand jury

Friday, April 27, 2012

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

A third man who is accused of burglary and theft at two South Ellington Parkway churches was indicted by the grand jury last week.

Ricky Lee Sharp, 26, of Leoma, is currently incarcerated in Giles County Jail.

With Jeremy Shawn Field, 25, of Pulaski, and Daniel Ray Prince, 29, of Leoma, Sharp is charged with burglary and theft from LifeSong Family Church and St. John Catholic Church in early February 2011. From LifeSong Family Church, the trio allegedly took keys, documents and more than $2,000 cash, as well as taking the battery from the church van. From St. John Catholic Church, they took a guitar and case, and a safe, valued at a total of more than $500 but less than $1,000.

Sharp, Prince, and Field have been convicted in Giles County in connection with other burglaries and thefts.

According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections Web site, Sharp's Giles County sentence began in June 2011 and will end in December 2013, though he is eligible for a parole hearing this year.

Also indicted at the grand jury's April session were:

* Danielle Renee Brown, 23, of Culleoka. Brown is charged with six counts of theft, relating to concrete forms that were sold for scrap after being taken from a Brown Builders' storage site near Interstate 65 in mid-January. Brown is allegedly the owner of the 1992 Dodge flatbed pickup truck that was used to transport the stolen property. She will be represented by Lewisburg attorney Rob Dalton.

* Stephon Deonteze Gleaves (aka Stephen Jones), 19, of Hill Street and Brandon Jamar Burns, 21, of Hazelwood, Ala. are charged with conspiring to promote and facilitate the distribution of crack cocaine. Burns and Gleaves are also charged with sale and delivery of cocaine to a confidential informant working for the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. According to warrants sworn out by Special Agent Brad Martin, Burns made three sales to a C.I. and Gleaves made one. The conspiracy and sales allegedly took place in August 2011. Burns will be represented by the Public Defender's Office, and Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler appointed Lewisburg attorney Terry Hernando to represent Gleaves.

* Lonnie Ray Travis, 37, of Maple Street, was charged with a 6th offence of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license 4th offence, and violation of the financial responsibility law. He has remained jailed since Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Judge arrested him. According to records in the case file, Judge met Travis driving a purple 1990 Chevy Cavalier without headlights on Verona Road about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 3. After making the traffic stop, Judge determined that Travis was intoxicated. Travis will be represented by the Public Defender's Office.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial, or by a guilty plea, like those made by the following three men last week.

* Christopher Flynt, 29, of Finley Beech Road, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary, and three counts of theft over $1,000. Flynt will have a sentencing hearing in June.

* William Wiles IV, 28, of Tiger Boulevard, pled guilty to three counts of theft over $1,000. Wiles will also have a sentencing hearing in June.

* Jason Hargrove, 29, pled guilty to escape. Hargrove was already jailed on a parole violation. Crigler sentenced him to an additional three years at 35 percent, to be served after the completion of other sentences.