Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

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Press Releases


Stepmother Convicted of Heinous, Atrocious, and Cruel Abuse

Posted: 03/11/2017

Prosecutors in District Attorney General Charme Allen's Criminal Court Division obtained multiple convictions against a woman who physically abused her two stepsons. Jessica Ann Cox, 40, was convicted by a jury of twenty-three counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and one count of Reckless Endangerment. ...more


Murderer Receives Two Consecutive Life Sentences Plus 105 Years

Posted: 03/09/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained two consecutive life sentences plus one hundred and five years for a man who murdered two victims, stole their property, and set their house on fire. At trial in February, Benjamin Tillman Foust, Jr., 36, was convicted of two counts of First Degree Murder, ten counts of First Degree Felony Murder, four counts of Especially Aggravated Robbery, two counts of Aggravated Arson, and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon....more


Crips Gang Member Sentenced to Sixty Years in Prison

Posted: 03/03/2017

Prosecutors in District Attorney General Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained a sixty-year sentence today against a Crips gang member who attempted to kill a driver during a carjacking. Demetris Ross Grimes, 27, was convicted by a jury in June of eighteen counts including multiple counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Employing a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, Attempted Carjacking, Attempted Especially Aggravated Robbery, and Assault. ...more


Child Rapist Ordered into Custody upon Conviction

Posted: 03/03/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Child Abuse Unit obtained multiple convictions against a man who sexually assaulted a nine-year-old victim. Jonathan Mitchell Cooper, 31, was convicted of three counts of Rape of a Child, three counts of Incest, and one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery. Judge Steve Sword set the case for sentencing on April 13. Each count of Rape of a Child carries a punishment between twenty-five and sixty years in prison without the possibility of parole....more


Woman Convicted of Stalking Middle School Student

Posted: 03/01/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Domestic Violence Unit obtained convictions against a woman who violated an Order of Protection and stalked a middle school student. Karen Sarah Thomas, 45, was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Stalking. ...more


Serial Burglar Convicted of Crime Spree

Posted: 02/23/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained convictions against a career criminal who broke into multiple businesses and stole tens of thousands of dollars. Melvin Dwayne Dunn, Jr., 46, was convicted of eleven counts of Burglary, Evading Arrest, and Possession of Burglary Tools....more


Domestic Attack Leads to Aggravated Assault Conviction

Posted: 02/7/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Domestic Violence Unit obtained convictions against a husband who beat and choked his wife during a violent attack. Brian Eugene Neely, 55, was convicted of Aggravated Assault and Domestic Assault. Judge Steve Sword set the case for sentencing on March 23....more


Murderer Convicted in Double Homicide

Posted: 02/03/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained convictions against a man who murdered two victims, stole their property, and set their house on fire. Benjamin Tillman Foust, Jr., 36, was convicted of two counts of First Degree Murder, ten counts of First Degree Felony Murder, four counts of Especially Aggravated Robbery, two counts of Aggravated Arson, and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. ...more


Man Convicted of Raping Third Grader

Posted: 01/31/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Child Abuse Unit obtained convictions against a man who raped a nine-year-old third grader. Gary Allen Strange, 32, was convicted of three counts of Rape of a Child and one count of Incest. Judge Bob McGee set the case for sentencing on April 27. Rape of a Child carries a punishment between twenty-five and forty years in prison....more


Vice Lord Cocaine Dealer Convicted

Posted: 01/25/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained another conviction against a member of the Vice Lords criminal street gang who is already serving thirty-nine years for other cocaine dealing offenses. Ziberia Marico Carero, 37, was convicted of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine. ...more


Crime Spree Ends in Twenty-Six-Year Sentence

Posted: 01/23/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained multiple convictions today against a man who victimized dozens of people by breaking into their homes and vehicles. David Nathanial Keisling, 36, was convicted of eight counts of Aggravated Burglary and twenty-two counts of Burglary of a Vehicle. In a sentencing hearing before Judge Steve Sword, Keisling was sentenced to serve twenty-six years in prison....more


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