Hawkins man who fatally struck victim with truck gets two years in plea deal

Jeff Bobo • Feb 12, 2020 at 5:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was originally charged with first-degree murder last year for running over a man in a barn was sentenced to two years last week in exchange for a guilty plea to criminally negligent homicide.

Edmond Earl Stanley, 24, 660 Honeycutt Road, Rogersville, was arrested the evening of Oct. 21, 2017 shortly after reportedly running over and fatally injuring 48-year-old Ricky Golden.

Although Stanley was originally charged with first-degree murder, he was indicted in 2018 on the charge of vehicular homicide, a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years.

Attorney General Dan Armstrong told the Times News in 2018 that the evidence wouldn’t support the first-degree murder charge.

On Feb. 3, Stanley pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a Class E felony punishable by 1-2 years, and was sentenced to the maximum time for that charge. 

Stanley was also ordered to pay $744 in fines and fees, and he will be eligible for parole after serving 30% of his sentence. 

At the time of his death, Golden had been staying in a barn at 407 Rocky Hollow Road near Surgoinsville with a female companion for about three weeks.

The female told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that Stanley had been harassing them recently.

She stated that on the night of the fatal incident, Stanley pulled up to the barn in a gray primer flatbed pickup, and an argument occurred between Stanley and Golden.

Golden reportedly put up his hands and asked, “What’s your problem?” Stanley allegedly replied, “You don’t know who you’re messing with.”

The female stated that Stanley then gunned his engine and struck Golden with the passenger side of the truck, before leaving the scene.

Golden reportedly grasped his chest and complained he couldn’t breathe. The female called 911 and drove him to a nearby intersection to meet EMS.

While detectives were at the barn that night, Stanley drove by, was identified as the suspect and was arrested.

Stanley reportedly stated that he didn’t intend to strike Golden and didn’t realize he had done so until he was arrested.

12 years for meth trafficking

Vernon Eutah Jr., 36, Mosheim, appeared in Greene County Criminal Court on Jan. 24 where he pleaded guilty on three Hawkins County charges including possession of meth with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics and simple possession of Schedule II narcotics.

Eutah was sentenced to 12 years with 30% release eligibility and was ordered to pay $5,717 in fines and fees. That sentence was to be served concurrently with a pending Greene County sentence.

Feb. 3 Hawkins County grand jury indictments

Nathan Garrett Thatcher, 33, Mooresburg: possession of meth with intent to deliver, violation of the Drug Free School Zone Act, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Eric Aaron Byrd, 30, Whitesburg: sex offender registry violation (failure to report), failure to report change of address, and residing with minors.

Dustin Joe Oliver, 28, Rogersville: possession of meth with intent to deliver, evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rodney Carl Johnson, 43, Rogersville: domestic assault.

Jacqueline Nicole Russell, 36, Rogersville: theft over $1,000, theft under $1,000 and burglary.

Zachary Monroe Lawson, 33, Bean Station: aggravated domestic assault and assault.

Charles Stacy Keirsey, 45, Rogersville: aggravated burglary, burglary, theft over $1,000, and two counts of theft under $1,000.

Melissa Dawn Widner, 41, Bulls Gap: DUI, driving on a revoked license and no insurance.

Bethany Danielle Dishner, 30, Kingsport: aggravated burglary and two counts of theft under $1,000.