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Four people indicted in Marion County on various charges

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of four individuals, after they were indicted this week.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor, on April 28, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in investigating several individuals on complaints of theft, controlled substance violations and fraudulent receipt of food assistance within Marion County. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that implicated two men and two women in those or other charges, which occurred over several months in 2016.

On June 8th, the Marion County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging the four with the charges listed below. Each individual turned himself or herself in to authorities Friday and was booked at the Marion County Jail:

*Doris Ann Gholston (DOB 5-13-1951) – Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Theft, Fraudulent Receipt of Food Assistance, Conspiracy of Possession of Schedule III, Possession of Schedule III for Resale. $27,000 bond.

*John Alfred Gholston (DOB 5-31-1961) – Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Theft. $6,500 bond.

*Jerry Jay Jones (DOB 1-2-1966) – Theft of Property, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Theft. $14,000 bond.

*Stacy Yolanda Terry (6-2-1964) – Coercion of Witness, Official Misconduct. $10,000 bond.

For those following the story about Whitwell police chief Rodney Easterly’s indictment for theft of property and official misconduct, it should also be noted that these indictments are connected. The TBI says Doris Gholston, who was also been indicted for theft, is Easterly’s mother.

Reports say the 2016 investigation shows Gholston as one of four who stole from retail stores across the Tennessee Valley and sold the stolen items. They say she also had a fraudulent receipt of food assistance and sold controlled substances.

Her husband and Easterly’s stepfather, Johnny Gholston, was also arrested and charged in addition to former Whitwell City Manager, Stacy Terry.

Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com for the latest on this developing story…


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