A Friendship woman who admitted participating in a series of house burglaries was sentenced March 12 in Dyer County Circuit Court to serve 4 1/2 years in prison. April Kennon, also known as Bethany A. Thompson, 21, of 674 Harber, was sentenced to serve three 4.5-year sentences, all to run concurrently.
She was furloughed to attend a long-term drug rehabilitation program. If she successfully completes the rehabilitation program she will receive day-for-day credit against her prison sentence. If she leaves the program before completing it for any reason, she will receive no credit for the program and must serve her entire prison sentence.
Successful completion of the rehabilitation program also would qualify Kennon to petition the court for suspension of the remainder of her prison sentence to probation, but she is not guaranteed that the sentence would be suspended. That depends on her behavior during the time she is in rehabilitation and the recommendation of those in charge of that program.
"This is giving you a chance to address your drug problem," Judge Lee Moore told Kennon. "If this doesn't take care of it, the only way we have to deal with it is confinement in jail."
Kennon told Moore she understands that and intends to deal with her problem. District Attorney General Phil Bivens told Moore that Kennon admitted she participated in three house burglaries on Oct. 11 and 14, 2001, when firearms, microwave ovens, television sets and jewelry were taken. "She said she was handed the items out a window and did not enter the homes," Bivens said. "We are allowing her to plead to the three aggravated burglaries and dismissing the theft charges against her in return for her testimony against her co-defendant."
Rickie D. Lumley was indicted on the same charges as Kennon. His case is pending and he is due to come to court for an appearance in April. Bivens asked Kennon questions about the burglaries while she was under oath the day she pleaded.
She was indicted Dec. 10, 2001, on three counts of aggravated burglary, two of theft of property worth more than $500 and one of theft of property worth more than $1,000.
Her plea was to the three aggravated robbery charges while the three theft charges against her were dismissed. Kennon was among six criminal defendants who pleaded guilty and were sentenced March 12 in circuit court:
* Anthony Gooch, 38, of 129 Courtland Square No. 31, Dyersburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the motor vehicle habitual offender act and was sentenced to serve two years, six months in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving 35 percent, or 10.5 months, of the sentence.
* Carl Haynes, 39, of Courtland Square, Dyersburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the motor vehicle habitual offender act and was sentenced to serve one year, three months in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent, or 4.5 months, of the sentence.
* Melvin Glen McCall, 43, of 1502 Lewis St., Dyersburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicant (second offense) and was sentenced to serve 45 days in the Dyer County Jail and 11 months, 29 days of supervised probation, to pay a fine of $600 and to have his drivers license revoked for two years.
* Timothy Milhoan, 48, of 115 N. Lomax St., Smyrna, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault and was sentenced to serve three years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after servings 30 percent, or 10.8 months, of the sentence.
* Adrian K. Taylor, 22, of 6a38 Thomas Ave., Dyersburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of sale of less than .5 gram of cocaine and was sentenced to serve six months in the Dyer County Jail and 2.5 years on community corrections (house arrest) and to pay a $1,000 fine.
On March 5, Joseph Lawrence Harling, 42, of 5433 Ira Barker Rd., Obion, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while under the influence of an intoxicant and was sentenced to serve 60 days in the Dyer County Jail and 11 months, 29 days of supervised probation, to pay a $350 fine and to have his drivers license revoked for a year.