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Hawkins escapee who was captured after free breakfast offer gets 11 years

Jeff Bobo • Jun 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County Jail escapee who was tricked by former coworkers who said they’d bring him breakfast but sent him police instead was sentenced last week to 11 years total in three separate cases.

Aaron Lee Morelock, 35, 414 Grassy Creek Road, Rogersville, was sentenced in Hawkins County Criminal Court on June 7 to 10 years, 11 months and 29 days at 30 percent; and $5,885 in fines and fees in exchange for guilty pleas to felony escape, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule III narcotics, theft over $2,500, and assault.

On May 23, 2018, Morelock and three other inmates escaped by pulling back the fence in the exercise yard.

At the time, Morelock was being held on multiple charges, including felony theft, gun possession, meth trafficking and four probation violations.

Morelock hid out all night in a vacant house on Stevens Drive in Rogersville, where he had previously been employed by the contractor performing the renovation.

When the contractor arrived at the residence on the morning of May 24, he was surprised to find Morelock hiding out there.

Morelock’s former coworkers offered to go buy his breakfast and bring it back.

While they were gone, they contacted Hawkins County Central Dispatch and reported Morelock’s whereabouts, after which the Rogersville Police Department and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the house, and Morelock quickly surrendered without resistance.

The escape alone netted two years, while the weapon charged added eight years.

Attack with laundry detergent jug

Aaron Anthony Lee, 27, 859 Beech Grove Road, Rogersville, was sentenced to 360 days in jail, four years of supervised probation, and ordered to pay $5,492 in fines and fees for aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, criminal trespass, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, no insurance, and light law violation.

On Dec. 26, 2018, Lee reportedly struck his girlfriend in the head with a laundry detergent jug when she refused to hand over her food stamps.

At the time, Lee was free on $5,000 bond stemming from a Dec. 3, 2018 indictment by a Hawkins County grand jury on charges including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, violation of the light law, no insurance and driving on a revoked license.

Traffic stop reveals 56.7 gram meth “bulge”

Jordan Lee Ferrell, 23, 2017 Walter Drive, Rogersville, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, eight years of community corrections, and $3,314 in fines and fees for possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Ferrell was arrested during a traffic stop on Feb. 1. While the driver was being searched, police reportedly observed a “large bulge in the inner thigh” of Ferrell. When asked about the bulge, Ferrell allegedly admitted it was “ice.” Two plastic baggies, weighing a combined 56.7 grams, were removed from Ferrell’s pants leg.

Sword-wielding burglar threatened to “kill everyone”

Matthew Doyle Waddell, 36, was sentenced to three years at 30 percent for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

On Nov. 11, 2018, shortly after being released for the Greene County Jail, Waddell reportedly stole a truck and drove to the Bulls Gap home of his estranged wife, who was in the process of divorcing him. Waddell broke open the door and threatened to kill everyone inside with a sword, which was located inside the doorway where Waddell had dropped it.

Other June 7 Hawkins County Criminal Court guilty pleas include:

* Justin Daniel Ricker, 34, 226 Misty View Circle Rogersville, who was sentenced to 12 months in jail, three years of supervised probation, and $5,296 in fines and fees for aggravated burglary, vandalism over $2,500, and resisting arrest.

* John Alfred Franklin, 44, of Kingsport, who was sentenced to four years of supervised probation and $6,335 in fines and fees for two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, identity theft and forgery.

* Angie Marie Owens, 39, no address available, who was sentenced to three years at 30 percent and $2,768 in fines and fees for casual exchange and child endangerment.

* Francis Ann Stidham, 48, 1000 Stonegate Drive, Apt. D8, Kingsport, who was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days probation and $3,806 in fines and fees for simple possession of oxycodone and simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics.

* Tara Leigh Woods, 34, 1557 Greenfield Ave., Kingsport, who was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation and $3,024 in fines and fees for two counts of simple possession of meth.

* Kerri Lynn Hazen, 39, no address available, who was sentenced to four years at 30 percent and $4,546 in fines and fees for seven counts of identity theft.

* Jennifer Marie Henderson, 36, who was sentenced to one year and $1,044 in fines and fees for two counts of forgery.

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