Thursday, November 4, 2010

Plea Deal Accepted In Death Of Cookeville Man

The District Attorney's office has negotiated another plea deal involving the death of a Cookeville man, in which the original charge of second degree murder was downgraded to reckless homicide. According to the Crossville Chronicle newspaper, a Cumberland County man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of his nephew in 2008, accepted a sentencing agreement Monday afternoon and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. 76-year-old James LeRoy Poston was accused of the shooting death of 40-year-old Jimmy D. Conatser of Ridgedale Drive, Cookeville, on April 24, 2008. The shooting took place in the front yard of the Poston residence.  Poston agreed to accept a two-year prison sentence with a sentencing hearing set for Dec. 20 at which time a judge will determine how that sentence will be served. The paper says options include two years on probation, some jail time followed by probation or two years in prison. Assistant D.A. Gary McKenzie says the victim's family had been informed of the plea offer and did not oppose it. He said that -- just like a similar case in Cookeville -- it would have proven difficult to prove the elements of second degree murder.