Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
November 16, 2013
Erstil O’Brien Sheckles, who was accused of assaulting a woman, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Bell County Circuit Court Judge Robert V. Costanzo on Friday.
Sheckles, 48, of Middlesboro, was sentenced for first-degree assault. He entered his guilty plea on Oct. 29.
According to the plea agreement, on or about May 18, 2012, Sheckles manifested extreme indifference to the value of human life by wantonly engaging in conduct which created a grave risk of death to Tammy Baker and caused physical injury to her.
Earlier reports state Sheckles caused injury to Baker on several occasions during the night of the assault and did not get her medical care. Baker was eventually flown to a Tennessee hospital for treatment.
Sheckles was also sentenced on a separate indictment Friday. He was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary for operating a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for DUI (second offense) and 12 months in the Bell County Jail for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. The sentence will run consecutively with his assault charge sentence.
Rachel Farr, 22, of Middlesboro, was also sentenced in court Friday. She was sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary for second-degree robbery. She pleaded guilty on Nov.1.
Farr was one of three individuals arrested in connection with the robbery of Rolando Tomas, Lidoyne Arrieta, Fulgencio Contreras, Saul Paniagua and Miguel Toboda. The other two individuals allegedly involved in the robbery were Josh Smith, 21, and Jonathon Smith, 20, both of Middlesboro.
According to Farr’s plea agreement, while committing a theft, she used or threatened the immediate use of physical force upon Tomas, Arrieta, Contreras, Paniagua and Toboda with the intent to accomplish the theft.
Farr must pay restitution on behalf of Taboda in the amount of $12,000. She must also pay $540 to Contreras, $85 to Tomas and $60 to Paniagua.
Others sentenced in circuit court include:
*Bradley Lane Sharp, 37, of Sharpe Chapel, Tenn., was sentenced to 30 days in the Bell County Jail for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, three years in the penitentiary for first-degree possession of a controlled substance and 12 months in jail for drug paraphernalia. His sentenced was probated, and he will be placed on three years unsupervised probation;
* Ashley Edwards, 26, of Pineville, was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for receiving stolen property under $10,000 and eight counts of receiving stolen property (firearm). Her sentence was probated, and she will be placed on five years unsupervised probation;
* Michael Mayes, 49, of Middlesboro, was sentenced to 120 days in the Bell County Jail for operating a motor vehicle under the influence and five years in the penitentiary for driving on DUI suspended license (second offense in five years). For the remaining balance of the suspended license charge, he will be placed on five years supervised probation;
* Michael Fleming, 44, of Pineville, was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance enhanced by a plea to being a persistent felony offender.
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