Division 2 News
Monday, 18 November 2013 16:12

Man Convicted of Sex Assault on Young Girl

MEMPHIS, TN - A Memphis man has been convicted of aggravated sexual battery for an attack on a 7-year-old girl two years ago, District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced Monday.
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MEMPHIS, TN - November 4, 2013 – A Binghamton woman who called police in August to tell them she had stabbed her two sons to death was arraigned Monday in Criminal Court on two counts of felony murder.
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MEMPHIS, TN – January 25, 2013 - A Shelby County jury convicted Clifton Curry Swift (age 48) of rape of a child under the age of thirteen (13).
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Memphis, TN September 11th, 2012 – Charles Jurlds plead guilty as charged to especially aggravated kidnapping in the August 2011 kidnapping of an eight-month-old child.
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MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday, September 6, 2012, a Shelby County jury convicted Edward Brown, age 55, of criminal attempt to commit second degree murder and reckless endangerment.
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January 12, 2012 - Alfred Turner entered a plea of guilty to facilitation to commit felony murder in Shelby County Criminal Court.
The guilty plea stems from the stabbing death of Emily Klyce Fisher, age 52. Fisher was attacked and stabbed multiple times in her Mid-Town Memphis home on February 27, 1995.
Originally, the investigation led to the arrest of two other men. Both men were tried and acquitted of first degree murder in the case. These men were acquitted, to a large; extent, because of the presence of blood and DNA evidence that did not match those suspects. Over seven years later Alfred Turner became a suspect when testing showed that the unknown DNA found on the scene was his.
Alfred Turner was convicted of the charge in 2007. The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Turner's conviction in 2010 because the trial judge told jurors that two defendants were tried and acquitted for Ms. Fisher's murder.
In his plea, Turner agreed to the maximum allowable sentence of 15 years.
The plea was entered before Honorable Judge W. Otis Higgs, Jr.
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October 28, 2011- Margo Freshwater pled guilty today in a Shelby County Criminal Court to murder in the first degree for the 1966 fatal shooting of Hilman Robbins
Ms. Freshwater was originally tried for Mr. Robbins’ murder in 1969. She was convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to serve 99 years in prison. In 1970, Freshwater escaped from the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, TN. She remained a fugitive at large until 2002 when she was arrested in Columbus, Ohio under an assumed name.
After her re-arrest, Freshwater filed a petition to have her conviction set aside. In 2011, the Court of Criminal Appeals granted relief and remanded her case for retrial in Shelby county Criminal Court.
In her guilty plea, Freshwater agreed to 25 years imprisonment for the crime. She has been in custody since her 2002 arrest in Columbus, Ohio.
Under the state’s 1966 murder statute, the minimum sentence for murder in the first degree was 20 years imprisonment, with death as the maximum penalty. Freshwater is to be turned over to Tennessee Board of Prisons and Parole to serve the balance of the sentence. The State Board of Prisons will determine the exact time Freshwater has remaining on her 25 year sentence.
Freshwater’s guilty plea today was entered in Shelby County Criminal Court Division 2 with Judge Otis Higgs presiding. The prosecution was handled by Shelby County Deputy District Attorney John Campbell.
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June 2, 2011 - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted an investigation that led to the May 20, 2011, guilty plea of Anthony Campbell, age 46. Campbell was the owner of Tony's Bar & Grill #2, located at 3101 S. Mendenhall Rd. in Memphis, Tennessee. Campbell was sentenced by Judge Otis Higgs on May 27, 2011.
Campbell pled guilty to one count of Sales Tax Fraud in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440, a Class E felony, and one count of Theft of Property Over $10,000 in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-14-103, a Class C felony. Campbell was sentenced to two years for the tax charge and five years for the theft charge, to run concurrently. The sentence was suspended when Judge Higgs granted Campbell’s request for diversion. Campbell was placed on five years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution to the Tennessee Department of Revenue in the amount of $15,860.19.
“Tennessee’s tax structure depends on taxpayers voluntarily complying with the laws,” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “Taxpayers who collect but intentionally do not remit sales tax, breach the public’s trust and violate the criminal laws of the State. This case underscores our commitment to rigorous and fair administration of Tennessee’s tax laws.”
Prosecution of this criminal case was pursued by the department in cooperation with Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. Commissioner Roberts expressed his appreciation for the excellent cooperation the department has enjoyed with D.A. Weirich. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).
The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department of Revenue collects approximately 91 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the department collected $10.1 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, the Department of Revenue collects taxes for local, county and municipal governments. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, local government collections by the Department of Revenue exceeded $1.9 billion. In collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government.
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