Criminal Court Judge Patterson sentences Neal
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The Pickett County Criminal Court was in session January 5 with Judge Patterson presiding. According to the court docket, the following cases were heard:
*Eddie Burton, 53, 6406 Greenbriar Road, violation of probation. Judge Patterson ordered that Mr. Burton be held without bond until this next court date.
*Judith Gilliam, 63, 413 South Main, violation of probation. Pickett County Sheriff Dowdy testified concerning illegal drug sales at the home of Judith Gilliam. Sheriff Dowdy spoke about the high volume of traffic at the home of Ms. Gilliam. Judge Patterson ordered that Gilliam be held without bond until her next court date.
*Perry Neal, 48, 413 South Main, violation of probation and five count indictment-DUI first offense, alternative counts possession of oxycodone for delivery and possession of oxycodone for sale, as well as alternative counts of introduction of contraband to a penal institution and possession of contraband in a penal institution.
Neal was revoked to serve a four-year sentence on the charge of probation violation. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve on the DUI and was fined $365. He received a sentence of five and a half years to serve for possession of oxycodone and for delivery charged a $2,000 fine. Mr. Neal also received a sentence of five and a half years to serve for introduction of contraband into a penal institution.
Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett expressed appreciation for the outstanding work of Sheriff Dowdy's department in the investigation of Perry Neal.
ADA Burnett said, "The efforts of Pickett County Deputy Steve Wilber and other officers who participated in the investigation of Perry Neal during the traffic stop have resulted in the incarceration of Mr. Neal, who was significantly involved in the illegal drug trade in Pickett County. His incarceration will have a positive impact on Pickett County.â€ť
ADA Burnett stated to the PRESS that the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole will determine exactly how long Mr. Neal remains incarcerated on his felony sentences.
ADA Burnett also wanted to thank Sheriff Dowdy and all of his officers for their dedicated work on the drug cases that have led to the arrest and incarceration of several other individuals who have significant involvement in selling illegal drugs in Pickett County.