Mountain City man avoids jail time with plea

Published 9:46 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Mountain City man entered a guilty plea on a felony theft charge in court on Friday and received probation.

Joshua Lee Thomason, 31, of 6151 Highway 67 West, Mountain City, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft over $1,000 in Carter County Criminal Court before Judge Lisa Rice.

As part of the agreement Thomason reached with the District Attorney’s Office, he will not have to serve jail time for the Class D Felony, but will serve two years on probation with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.

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Thomason was also granted judicial diversion in the case, which means if he successfully completes the terms of his probation and follows court orders, he can request to have the conviction removed from his record.

The charge against Thomason was brought by an “Information” filed by the District Attorney’s office. Typically, cases are brought to criminal court following an indictment by a grand jury, but Thomason, through his attorney, filed a waiver of grand jury hearing and agreed to allow the District Attorney’s office to proceed with prosecution.

The Information filed with the court said between January and December 2014 Thomason took more than $1,000 belonging to Terry Lane Montgomery.

The case file noted Thomason had already paid restitution to Montgomery prior to entering his plea on Friday.