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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Councilman Kerley's court date moved--Kerley could face up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and $2500 fine.

According to the Cumberland County court clerk's office, a new court date has been set in the assault charges filed against Crossville city councilman Jesse Kerley.
Crossville councilman Jesse Kerley

The original court date of August 29 has been moved to September 8 and reportedly Mr. Kerley has retained local attorney Kevin Bryant to represent him.

The summons against Kerley is captioned as “State of Tennessee vs Jesse Kerley” and according to councilman Pete Souza who signed the summons and made the accusation, the district attorney's office has been involved in investigating the matter and will prosecute the charge of a class A misdemeanor assault against Mr. Kerley.

The class A misdemeanor is the most serious of the misdemeanor charges in Tennessee and can have a maximum punishment of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a $2500 fine or both.

The alleged assualt happened following a council work session on June 2 and video of the incident from a city hall security camera was released the following day. Several sources report that the district attorney's office received a copy of the video and Mr. Souza said an investigator looked into the matter before the summons was issued.

Crossville councilman Pete Souza 


Souza said that while he had contacted the DA's office himself there were a number of others who also contacted the DA's office on their own who had either witnessed or were concerned about the incident.  

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