Sentences For Mathews Family Upheld By 6th Circuit Court Of Appeals

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 15-page ruling, has upheld sentences imposed on family members of Jesse Mathews, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Chattanooga Police Sgt. Tim Chapin.

The sentences were handed down by Federal Judge Sandy Mattice.

Kathleen Mathews, mother of Jesse Mathews, was sentenced  to serve 30 years and six months in federal prison. 

Ray Mathews, 51-year-old father of Jesse Mathews, must serve 20 years and 10 months.

Rachel Mathews, sister of Jesse Mathews, got 11 years and a month. David Poteete, boyfriend of Rachel Mathews, was sentenced to six years and 11 months after getting a sentence reduction for working closely with authorities.


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