|Man gets trio of 99-year sentences|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
May 20, 2005 - A 39-year-old man received three 99-year prison sentences after being found guilty on three counts related to indecency with minors.
A Hopkins County jury sentenced 39-year-old Jacky Clay Reynolds to serve 99 years in prison on two counts of indecency with a 13-year-old child and one count of attempted indecency with an 11-year-old.
The two 99-year sentences for indecency with the 13-year-old girl will be served consecutively, while the third sentence will run concurrent with the first indecency conviction, District Attorney Martin Braddy said. The victims were daughters of a family friend, for whom he was baby-sitting. Reynolds was also acquitted of one charge of aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old and of two counts of indecency with an 11-year-old following three hours of deliberations in the case.
Reynolds’ wife and a defense witness were also arrested earlier Thursday, the wife on an unrelated charge and the witness for retaliation.
Jamie Lynn Reynolds, 28, of Cooper was arrested midmorning Thursday after testifying on behalf of the defense. Prosecutors discovered that the man’s wife was wanted for not taking care of a ticket issued Sept. 22, 2004, for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. The woman was allowed to testify Wednesday afternoon and resume testimony again Thursday morning to make sure she was allowed to “do her duty” as a defense witness before officials took her in custody outside the presence of the jury, according to Braddy.
Jamie Reynolds was released Friday morning from the county jail on time served.
Officials also took 22-year-old Terresa Ellen “Sweet T” Meadors of Commerce into custody Thursday after she made threats toward a witness called by Braddy to testify.
Meadors was on the list to be a witness for the defense but was never called. When the district attorney learned of the threats made toward a witness who had just testified, he cautioned the woman regarding the potential ramifications of the threat.
The woman then advised Braddy that she planned to carry out the threat regardless of the consequences. Officers were contacted and the woman arrested for third-degree felony retaliation against a witness, according to officials.
“I won’t stand for that,” Braddy said Friday morning. “She was given the option to say she didn’t mean it and she said she didn’t care. It was a bad situation. I will not stand for a witness, for the defense or the prosecution, to be threatened for testifying in a case.”