Coons sentenced 25 years on top of life sentence for murder of 12-year-old girl
Roy Coons Jr. was sentenced yesterday to an additional 25 years in prison on top of the life sentence he already received for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in August 2017. Judge Monte Watkins handed down the sentence of 25 more years to Coons for the attempted rape charges he also faced in connection to the brutal crime that left the 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga dead nearly two and half years ago. Investigators called the crime the “most brutal” they’d ever seen.
Arrested juveniles meet with people they harmed through jail diversion program
Many Nashvillians are making the choice to meet with juveniles who have harmed them, in order to keep the kids from being charged. It’s through the Restorative Justice Diversion Program. Ty Perkins agreed to meet with a teen who stole his car to keep the 16-year-old from being put in the system. It also served as closure for Perkins.
“First he cried which was the hard part for me,” Perkins said, “AUDIO- A lot of young men in these troubled neighborhoods, they need support. They need a man in their life, and it’s not always there, and that program provided that for that young man, so it was pretty compelling to me. I loved it.” Currently, there are 13 active cases and they hope to expand the program in the future.
Teens caused $100K in damage to a brand new home in Hendersonville
Two teens were arrested for vandalizing a newly built home over the weekend. The teens, ages 15 and 13, broke into the home and caused an estimated $100,000 in damages. Police say the teens admitted to them that they trashed the house because they took out the trees planted in to build the home. Hendersonville Police say they have seen an increase in serious and violent crime involving juveniles over the last several years, particularly in teens ages 14 to 17.
IMPEACHMENT RESUMES TODAY
The marathon first day of the Senate impeachment trial continued into the early morning hours today and ended with the Senate adopting a resolution outlining the rules for how the rest of the impeachment trial will move forward. The trial will resume today with opening arguments scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Trump’s counsel will have 24 hours to argue the case. Members of the Senate will then ask questions and vote on whether they want to call any witnesses.
New Bill would make wearing hoods, masks illegal in Tennessee
A proposed bill would make it illegal to conceal your identity in Tennessee, meaning no one can wear a hood, mask or any other item to hide their face while on public property. The bill says that anyone who intends to conceal their identity by wearing a mask, hood, or device by which a portion of their face is concealed on public property would be a Class A misdemeanor. There are exceptions to this bill like holidays, emergencies or a sporting activity.