Home invasion nets Mount Carmel man 15 years

Jeff Bobo • Apr 30, 2013 at 5:46 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Mount Carmel man accused in a 2011 home invasion was sentenced to 15 years Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court in exchange for guilty pleas to multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping, assault and one rape.

Jason Paul Huckaby, 35, was also fined a total of $4,700 by Judge John Dugger and must serve 100 percent of the 15 year sentence behind bars with no parole eligibility.

On Friday Huckaby pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault.

On Sept. 5, 2011, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 135 McLean Hill Drive south of Rogersville on a complaint of shots fired with injuries during a home invasion. Deputies reportedly discovered that one shot had been fired, and multiple victims had been assaulted. Although there were no gunshot wounds, two victims were hospitalized.

Victims stated they were attacked by three men who invaded the home, each armed with handguns. Cash was taken from one victim, and a prescription bottle containing Oxycodone was taken from another.

A BOLO was issued for a vehicle the suspects allegedly used to flee the area. Police observed the vehicle near the Rogersville Quality Inn and followed it to Jackson Road, where a traffic stop was conducted near the home of one of the suspects.

Drugs and cash were recovered from the three suspects, and their pictures were picked from a photo array shown to the victims at the hospital.

Other guilty pleas heard Friday by Dugger included:

• David Wayne "Big Time" Richards, 52, 422 Church St., Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to two years and one day and fined $2,000 for possession of Schedule III with intent to deliver.

Richards is a former Surgoinsville alderman known for playing Santa during an annual charity motorcycle Christmas "Toy Run" to benefit children.

He was employed as a corrections officer in the Hawkins County Jail on April 10, 2012 when he set up a deal to sell his prescription Lortab pain medication to a former jail inmate. The inmate alerted sheriff’s deputies, and Richards was busted with 1,200 Lortab pills he intended on selling for $7,200 at the Food Lion grocery store parking lot in Church Hill.

Richards will serve his time in the Hawkins County Jail where he previously worked.

• Johnny Walters, 34, 4013 Goshen Valley Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to four years in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of physical abuse, a Class C felony.

Last year Walters and his girlfriend became caretakers for his elderly mother. For years the mother had been caretaker for 46-year-old Jacqueline Albright, who was paralyzed after suffering a stroke when she was 26.

Albright came to the attention of the HCSO after being sent to the emergency room on two occasions following visits by Tennessee Department of Human Services case worker Pam Arnold.

Albright was apparently too afraid to give a statement against Johnny Walters initially, but eventually stated that Walters and the girlfriend "pushed" and "smacked" her. Albright was also found to be severely neglected, suffering scratches, bruises and infections all over her body.

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