General Sessions Court Judge Christie Sell chided several defendants who were laughing as they were given a 90-day workhouse sentence for their part in the savage beating of a young man at a house in North Chattanooga. Under the workhouse policy of "two for one," they will be out after 45 days.
Judge Sell said, "Reading this affidavit is disgusting. But you act like you are in a bar, not in court."
The judge also ordered a female who was at the drug party but who was not charged to come forward also, saying she was smirking too. Prosecutor Rodney Strong said Tia Skidmore videotaped the beating and put it on UTube, but he said it has been taken down and was not available to prosecutors.
Joseph Daniel Bradley, 18, of 1300 Slamon Branch Road; Patrick Eugene Morrison, 22, of 501 Tremont St.; Glen James McNutt, 23, of 51 Lytle St., and Johnathan A. Summers, 22, of 4792 Forestwood Lane, had been charged with aggravated robbery and false imprisonment.
Prosecutor Strong said since the victim, Michael Pearson, took part in the drugs the case was being pled down to assault and false imprisonment. He said Pearson had a combination of marijuana, robitussin and bourbon.
He had told police he was severely beaten and held prisoner after his sister told the group at 541 E. Manning St. that he had raped her about a year earlier. He said he had gone to the residence with his sister, Brandon Chalker and Bradley "to party and spend the night."
He said he knew the resident of that address, McNutt, only as "Shaggy". He said Patrick Morrison and Tia Skidmore were also there.
He said after his sister told of the alleged rape that some in the group jumped him and beat him. He said they also took his wallet and cellphone. He said he was not able to leave until some 10 hours after arriving.
He said Morrison and Summers were the main aggressors, but he was also hit by McNutt and Bradley.
Police said Bradley admitted striking the victim in the testicles repeatedly, while the other three punched him in the face and ribs.
The victim sustained swollen tissue, multipe bruises and cuts to his face, it was stated.
Attorney Bill Speek said it had been agreed that McNutt would go into the workhouse later, but the judge said no. She said, "You are going in right now or there is no deal." McNutt was then taken into custody with the others.