Local man gets five years for assault

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

By Karen Hall


A Lewisburg man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other charges last week, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

On July 11, Lewisburg Police Officer Clint Newbill was flagged down by a woman, who said a man was trying to kill her boyfriend. Entering the home, Newbill found Benjamin C. Bradley, 25, of Martin Avenue, restraining his victim with a choke hold.

"I observed ... (the victim) ... gurgling as if he was going unconscious," reported Newbill.

The woman said Bradley hit her on the face and neck and stopped her from dialing 911, "forcing her to flee the apartment and yell for help," wrote Newbill.

Newbill and the officers he called for backup had great difficulty getting Bradley to release his victim, using pepper spray several times, as well as hitting Bradley before he would let go.

Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard Jr. sentenced Bradley to five years for the aggravated assault, as well as 11 months 29 days for the assault on the woman, and six months for resisting arrest. All of these sentences will be served at the same time. Bradley will be eligible for a parole board hearing after he has served 30 percent of his sentence; he has 75 days of jail credit.

Bradley was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication here in 2013, but these appear to be the only crimes on his record.

In other Circuit Court business last week, the grand jury returned indictments on the following people

* Carlton. P. Blanton, 32, College Grove. Charges: aggravated burglary, sexual battery, three counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of rape, which all allegedly happened on July 6.

* Phillip E. Overcast, 48, John Barnes Road. Charge: two counts of aggravated assault. On June 7, Overcast allegedly came up behind his victim and hit him in the head with a golf club. Once the man was on the ground, Overcast "did strike two more times with the intent to kill him," wrote Marshall County Sheriff's Department Detective Tony Nichols.

* Stephon D. Gleaves, 22, Monroe Street. Charges: possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly there was more than 1 pound of marijuana at Gleaves' home, and a considerable amount of cash, "which he stated was proceeds he received from drug sales," wrote Lewisburg Police Officer Clyde Ragsdale.

* Robby L. Pillar, 52, Leighton, Ala. Charges: possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and speeding. About 7:40 p.m. April 15, Pillar was traveling south on Interstate 65 when Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Wayne Dunkleman pulled him over at Mile Marker 25 for driving 5 mph above the posted speed limit. A search revealed Pillar had "approximately 4 ounces of cocaine" concealed on his person. Pillar's retained attorney is Richard McGee, who has already filed motions to suppress the evidence obtained from the traffic stop.

* Brandon L. Gentry, 19, East Church Street. Charges: multiple counts of theft and vandalism, plus driving on a suspended license. Gentry allegedly stole a 16-foot utility trailer between July 12 and 18, and two Dodge trucks, a 1999 and a 2001, while they were parked at the Tractor Pull in Chapel Hill on July 19 and 20.

* Anthony T. McMillan, 24, Nashville. Charge: harassment. In the parking lot of the Lewisburg Post Office in March, McMillan allegedly cursed a woman, called her a snitch, and pointed his hand at her in the shape of a gun and said he "was coming for her."

* Steven T. Ralston, 20, and Austin T. Pratt, 19, both of Columbia. Along with a third man, Ralston and Pratt allegedly participated in an April 1 burglary and vandalism at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Reynolds Road, and thefts from two properties on Pyles Road in early March.

* Johnathan T. R. Tyree, 20, Fayetteville Highway. Charge: two counts of aggravated assault on April 27.

Readers are reminded that an indictment is only charges. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty.