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Sullivan sex offender sentenced to prison for failure to register

Wes Bunch • Apr 2, 2013 at 6:26 AM

GREENEVILLE — A Sullivan County man was sentenced to over two years in federal prison Monday following his conviction for failing to register as a sex offender.

Brandon Lee Laferty, 27, of Sullivan County, was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge J. Ronnie Greer to serve 30 months in prison, and 15 years of supervised probation following his release.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Laferty was sentenced in 2011 to 10 years probation and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device after being found guilty in Sullivan County Criminal Court of solicitation to commit aggravated battery on a 12-year-old child.

Laferty was also required to register as a sex offender as a result of that conviction.

Shortly after his conviction, authorities said Laferty transferred his probation to Hawkins County.

Once there, however, authorities said he removed his monitor and fled from Hawkins County probation officers.

Laferty was located by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office in Nov. 2011, but was shot in the chest after attempting to attack sheriff's office deputies.

After the monitoring device was installed a second time, Laferty removed it before fleeing to Illinois. He was arrested in April 2012 by U.S. Marshals.

During Monday's sentencing, Greer noted that Laferty's attempt to attack Hawkins County Sheriff's Office deputies and removal of his electronic monitoring devices demonstrated a "profound lack of respect for the law and law enforcement officers."

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the obvious need to protect the public from Laferty justified a sentence at the top of the sentencing range. Laferty's indictment and conviction was the result of a joint investigation carried out by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith.

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