A 35 year old sex offender, accused of showing up on school property during a soccer game last August, appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Wednesday, January 23.
James Hesson pleaded guilty to violation of the sex offender registry under a negotiated settlement. Judge Leon Burns, Jr. gave Hesson a two year sentence to serve. He was given jail credit from August 31, 2012 to January 23. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, August 31, Hesson violated the sex offender registry law by being on school property where children were present. Hesson was told to leave the school grounds due to his being a sex offender and that he was not to be within one thousand feet of the school property line. Shortly thereafter, Hesson was found in the back yard of property adjoining the high school where he was watching children at play during a sports event after regular school hours. Sheriff Ray said that Hesson was well aware that he was not to be near school property.
31 year old Shane Miller pleaded guilty to two counts of theft under $500 and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case all suspended to supervised probation. The sentences are to run consecutively or back to back for a total of almost two years. Miller is to make restitution in the amount of $750 to Alexandria Auto Parts. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Miller went to the same residence on Hales Lane August 2 and 4, 2011 and allegedly stole several batteries valued at less than $500 on each trip. Miller then allegedly took the batteries to a local recycling center where he sold them. Miller was arrested after an investigation by a Sheriff's Department detective assigned to the case. He was given jail credit of thirteen days.
30 year old Tommy Parsley pleaded guilty to evading arrest and received a two year sentence to serve. The case is to run concurrently with a violation of probation against him in which he is to serve the balance of a four year sentence. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 18, a drug detective of the sheriff's department spotted Parsley operating a motor vehicle on the Old Blue Springs Road, entering Highway 56 south. The detective knew that Parsley's drivers license were suspended. A computer check confirmed that Parlsey's license were suspended for failure to satisfy prior citations in Wilson County. The detective got behind Parsley's vehicle and activated his blue lights on Highway 56 between Keltonburg Road and Magness Road. Parsley sped up to about 80 miles per hour while approaching sharp curves and three other vehicles in front of him. The detective decided to terminate the pursuit due to Parsley's record of evading and reckless driving. Four days later, on Saturday September 22, Sheriff Ray said a deputy went to Circle Drive in Dowelltown to serve an arrest warrant on Parsley. Upon arrival, the officer saw Parsley sitting in a vehicle. The deputy activated his blue lights and pulled up to the vehicle. Parsley jumped out of his automobile and tried to flee on foot. The officer called for Parsley to stop, but he kept running. The deputy chased after Parsley and placed him under arrest.
41 year old Vickie Alvis pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence. She received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation except for 45 days to serve. She was fined $610 and will lose her license per state department of safety regulations. Alvis must also undergo an alcohol and drug assessment for alcohol safety. She was given 82 days jail credit.
27 year old Michael Snyders pleaded guilty to evading arrest theft under $500. He received a sentence of two years in the evading case and eleven months and 29 days for the theft all suspended to supervised probation. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other and with his current probation. He was given 120 days jail credit. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, April 23 an officer tried to stop Snyders on Highway 70 for speeding. Snyders pulled over to the side of the road as if he were stopping, but he accelerated and turned down West Main Street in Liberty then to Highway 53 where the pursuit was terminated. A bystander told the officer that Snyders went down Green Hill Road in Liberty. The officer turned down Green Hill Road, met Snyders, and stopped him. A computer check revealed his license to be revoked for driving under the influence on March 10, 2006 in DeKalb County. One month later, Snyders was charged in the theft case for shoplifting, which apparently was separate from the evading incident.