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Driver gets 8 years for crash that killed Rogersville teen

May 1st, 2008 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo



ROGERSVILLE — A Surgoinsville man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday by Circuit Judge John Dugger in exchange for a guilty plea to a vehicular homicide that occurred in 2006.


Jonathan D. Mallory, 21, 116 Hurd Road, Surgoinsville, was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent shortly after a July 8, 2006, single-vehicle accident that killed Ashley N. Webb, 17, of Rogersville.


According to reports, Mallory was driving a 1990 Ford pickup south on Ross Campground Road when the vehicle apparently left the roadway on the right side.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol report stated that when Mallory overcorrected the vehicle, it came back onto the road and ran off the left side of the road, striking some mailboxes and trees.


At that point the vehicle rolled several times, ejecting Mallory. Both of the passengers — Webb and Jason L. Goodman of Surgoinsville — remained in the vehicle as it came to rest on its top.


Goodman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


The THP said none of the three occupants of the pickup was wearing a seat belt.


Webb’s mother spoke to the court about the loss of her daughter prior to Mallory’s sentencing Wednesday. There were also representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the court observing the proceedings.


Through his attorney, Herb Holcomb, Mallory expressed remorse for the accident and the death of Webb, who he said was his friend.


Mallory will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of his sentence.


Among other guilty pleas heard Wednesday by Dugger were:


• Shona Michelle Michael, 36, 121 Rush Road, Bulls Gap, who was sentenced to three years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to theft over $10,000. Michael, a former employee of Lyons Construction in Rogersville, embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the company beginning in January 2006. She was also ordered to pay $47,903 in restitution.


• Jackie Lynn Bailey, 45, 247 Thorpes Chapel Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $4,000 in exchange for guilty pleas to initiating the process of meth manufacturing and possession of meth with intent to deliver.


• Joan Kate Ellis, 51, address unknown, who was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $3,000 in exchange for guilty pleas to attempt to initiate the process of meth manufacturing, promotion of meth manufacturing, and aggravated burglary.


• Judy Ann Bailey, 38, 127 Henderson St., Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to two years and one day in prison in exchange for guilty pleas to attempted tampering with evidence, reckless burning, and theft under $500. That time will run consecutively to a separate Virginia sentence for an effective sentence of four years and one day.


• Scott Allen Pippen, 42, no address available, who was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $4,250 in exchange for guilty pleas to violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act, felony evading arrest, DUI fourth offense, and speeding.


• Melinda Ann Henegar, 49, no address available, who was sentenced to two years and one day in prison and fined $2,000 in exchange for a guilty plea to attempt to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.



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