A Henry County woman accused of having drugs in a school zone was among the defendants who pleaded guilty during Wednesday’s arraignment day in Henry County Circuit Court.

Additionally, Judge Donald Parish shared with lawyers that the Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended jury trials through the end of January as a result of rising COVID-19 cases.

In the drug case, Tayler French, 29, of 11805 Hwy. 641 southeast of Paris was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Department of Correction after she pleaded guilty to the possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free school zone.

Her sentence will be served split, with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation.

She has the option of attending a long-term, inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in exchange for jail credit.

French had additionally been charged with possession of heroin in a drug-free school zone and possession of drug paraphernalia. These charges were dismissed according to the terms of French’s plea agreement.

In regard to the announcement by the state supreme court, Henry County was impacted by this announcement because a first-degree murder trial was scheduled for the last week in January.

The earliest this trial can now be rescheduled is mid-March.

In the case, Shaquille Maurice Hayes, 26, is accused of causing head trauma that led to the death of Naryiah Sparks. Sparks was 15 months old when she died. The incident took place in February 2017.

Also during Wednesday’s court proceedings, one defendant, Larry Fowler, 44, 145 Kirks Trading Post Road, Buchanan, was placed on deferred probation.

This means that Fowler pleaded guilty to charges of possession of meth and evading arrest, but Parish did not accept his guilty plea.

If Fowler abides by the terms of his 3-year probationary period, his record will be expunged.

Other defendants pleading guilty — listed with age, last known address, charges and sentences — include:

DRUGS

• Jason Brian Hedges, 48, 37 Rex Jackson Loop, Puryear — possession of meth with intent to deliver in a drug-free school zone.

Hedges pleaded guilty to an amended charge which removed the indication he was in a school zone when he was caught with the drugs. He was sentenced to serve eight years in the DOC and was fined $2,000.

His sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation.

Hedges was given the option of attending a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in exchange for his jail time. He has 362 days of jail credit.

• Madison Wade Trull, 28, 135 Lorena Lane, Paris — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Trull was sentenced to serve two years in the DOC and was fined $2,000.

His sentence will be served in the community corrections program in its entirety. Trull was given credit for eight days he has served in jail.

• Jarvis Bell, 39, Corinth, Miss. — possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Bell was sentenced to serve 10 years in the DOC and was fined $2,000. His sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance in state probation.

He was given credit for 98 days he has already served in jail.

• Cory Michael Capps, 31, 2576 W. Antioch Road, Springville — possession of meth with intent to deliver, evading arrest.

Capps was sentenced to serve 10 years in the DOC and was fined $2,000 on the meth charge. This sentence will be served split, with one year in continuous confinement and the balance in supervised probation.

He was sentenced to serve an additional two years in the DOC on the evading charge. This sentence will be suspended and served on probation in its entirety. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Capps has the option of attending a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation program to earn credit toward his jail time. He currently has jail credit of 111 days.

• Jacob Shawn Saulters, 20, McKenzie — possession of meth with intent to deliver, failure to appear.

Saulters was sentenced to serve eight years in the DOC and was fined $2,000 on the meth charge. This sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance in state probation.

He was sentenced to serve 11 months and 29 days in the Henry County jail on the failure to appear charge.

These sentences will be served concurrently. Saulters was given credit for 64 days in jail.

• Phillip Montreal Hutcherson Jr., 26, 721 Williams St., Paris — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, failure to appear.

Hutcherson was sentenced to serve three years in the DOC and was fined $2,000 on the drug charge. He was sentenced to serve 11 months and 29 days in the county jail on the failure to appear charge.

These sentences will be served concurrently and split with 30 days in continuous confinement with the balance in supervised probation. Hutcherson has 27 days of jail credit.

THEFT/BURGLARY

• Donald Edward Cooter, 45, 291 Payton Drive, Buchanan — theft.

Cooter was sentenced to serve two years in the DOC. His sentence will be split with 30 days of continuous confinement and the balance in supervised state probation.

He was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

• Holli DeShields, 39, 316 Routon St., Paris — two counts of aggravated burglary.

DeShields was sentenced to serve six years on each of these charges.

The sentences will be served concurrently and split, with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation.

DeShields was given the option of attending a long-term drug and alcohol program in exchange for jail credit.

• Samantha Karin Mayhew, 28, 860 Guthrie Road, Paris — burglary from a vehicle.

Mayhew was sentenced to serve two years in the DOC.

The sentence will be served split with time served, 208 days, in continuous confinement and the balance in supervised probation.

• Stephen Wayne Pace, 31, 4285 Mill Creek Road, Puryear — two counts of theft of property.

Pace was sentenced to serve two years in the DOC on one theft charge and 11 months and 29 days in the county jail on the second charge.

The sentences will be served concurrently and split with time served, 47 days, in continuous confinement and the balance in supervised state probation.

• Rodney Keith Avant Jr., 42, 1024 Depot St., Paris — two counts of aggravated burglary.

Avant was sentenced to four years in the DOC on each of the burglary charges.

The sentences will be served consecutively.

One sentence will be served split with time served, 464 days, in continuous confinement and the balance in supervised probation. The second sentence will be served entirely on supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT

• Jerry Lynn Christian, 39, 195 Trading Post Road, Paris — attempted aggravated child neglect.

Christian was sentenced to serve 10 years in the DOC. His sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance in supervised probation.

He was given the option of attending a long-term drug and alcohol program to earn credit toward his jail time. Christian has 41 days of jail credit.

• Andrew Malcom Hovis, 23, Henry — attempted aggravated child neglect.

Hovis was sentenced to serve 10 years in the DOC. His sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance in supervised state probation.

He has credit for 126 days he has already served in jail.

• Crystal Michelle Wofford, 34, 1545 Guthrie Road, Paris — attempted aggravated child neglect, facilitation to commit burglary.

Wofford was sentenced to serve eight years in the DOC on the child neglect charge and two years in the DOC for the facilitation charge.

These sentences will be served concurrently with one year in continuous confinement and the balance in state probation.

Wofford can attend a long-term drug and alcohol program in exchange for jail credit.

OTHER CHARGES

• Linda Marie Cooter, 49, 291 Payton Drive, Buchanan — accessory after the fact.

Cooter pleaded guilty to an amended charge of perjury and was sentenced to serve 11 months and 29 days in the county jail. Her sentence will be served completely on unsupervised probation.

• Jonathan Lynn Blanton, 34, 355 Watson Lane, Paris — escape.

Blanton was sentenced to serve two years in the DOC. He was given credit for 117 days he has already spent in jail.

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