MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis-area teenager has pleaded guilty to setting a house fire that killed his mother.
The prosecutor's office says 15-year-old Jonathan Ray pleaded guilty Thursday in Shelby County Criminal Court to second-degree murder and aggravated arson. The plea agreement calls for a 25-year sentence without possibility of parole on the murder plea and 15 years on arson, to be served concurrently.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Chattanooga mother has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail on an abuse charge stemming from her daughter's death.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1rGWhrk ) reports Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole sentenced Traci Carpenter to 11 months and 29 days in jail followed by three years of house arrest in the 2006 death of 18-month-old Sierra Carpenter.
Carpenter pleaded guilty in February to a single count of child abuse.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who was falsely imprisoned for a rape he did not commit is part of a growing number of people who have been added to the National Registry of Exonerations.
The Tennessean reports that Randall Mills spent more than 11 years in prison but was released after DNA evidence in 2008 proved that he couldn't have raped a 12-year-old neighbor. Marshall County prosecutors finally dropped all charges against Mills on April 4, in light of the DNA evidence and the neighbor's wavering on her story about the alleged rape.