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Hawkins judge sentences three for crimes against children

February 25th, 2013 10:52 pm by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE — Judge John Dugger sentenced three people to prison time Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court for separate crimes against children, including two women who used drugs last year while pregnant.


Ashley Nicole Hardesty, 28, 104 Persia Estates Drive, Rogersville, pleaded guilty Friday before Dugger on one count of felony reckless endangerment in exchange for a one year sentence with 30 percent release eligibility.


Sarah Ellen Ceron-Garcia, 27, 1134 Ridge Crest Ave., Kingsport, was also sentenced to one year with 30 percent release eligibility for one count of felony reckless endangerment.


The felony reckless endangerment charge is a result of narcotics being found in the system of the women’s newborn babies.


Ceron-Garcia is accused of giving birth to a son May 3, 2012 who had alprazolam, cocaine and benzoylecgonine in his system.


Hardesty is accused of giving birth to a son May 1, 2012 who had cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, amphetamine, methamphetamine and morphine in his system.


In an unrelated case, Christopher Gage Clamon, 23, 229 Holston St., Rogersville, was sentenced Friday to two years and one day with a 30 percent release eligibility for felony child abuse for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter on Feb. 20, 2012.


The child suffered serious bruising and marks on her face, neck, torso and legs.


During an investigation, Clamon reportedly admitted to Hawkins County detectives he inflicted the injuries to the child.


Other guilty pleas heard Friday by Dugger include:


• Christopher Timothy Allen Covington, 21, 3111 Norman Dr., Morristown, who was sentenced to three years and ordered to pay a total of $2,787 in restitution for four counts of burglary, two counts of theft under $500, vandalism over $1,000, two counts of vandalism over $500, and vandalism under $500.


• Harrison Vaught Whittington, 22, 15 Regency St., Johnson City, who was sentenced to eight years, fined $1,950, and ordered to pay $300 in restitution for two counts of facilitation of aggravated robbery, two counts of facilitation to aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary. He is classified as a “career” criminal and must serve a minimum of 60 percent of the sentence.


• Lloyd Anthony Gibson, 23, 418 W. Magnolia Ave., Johnson City, who was sentenced to eight years, fined $1,950,and ordered to pay $300 in restitution for two counts of facilitation of aggravated robbery, two counts of facilitation to aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary. He is classified as a “career” criminal and must serve a minimum of 60 percent of the sentence.


• Jarvis Dewayne Appleberry, 22, 3226 Haywood Ave., Chattanooga, who was sentenced to six years, fined $1,350, and ordered to pay $300 in restitution for two counts of facilitation of aggravated robbery, two counts of facilitation to aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary. He has a standard 30 percent release eligibility.

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