Green Hills beating suspects enter pleas

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:19pm
Staff reports

Family members of the man brutally beaten in a parking garage at The Mall at Green Hills watched silently as three participants in the beating entered guilty pleas.

In March 2009, Robert DeMoss Jr., 62, had parked his car in the garage adjacent to Dillard’s and had started to walk into the store when he attacked, beaten with a baseball bat and robbed.

Four people were arrested and charged in the attack. Three of them pleaded guilty Wednesday in Davidson County Criminal Court.

Johnathon Harris pleaded guilty to facilitation of especially aggravated robbery and felony car theft. He received a 12-year sentence.

Brittney Bannister pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and received 4 years

Catherine Mills entered a conditional guilty plea to accessory after the fact. She will go into custody in May for 6 months and then have her judgment entered.

In October, the fourth defendant, Robert Tice Jr., pleaded guilty to especially aggravated robbery. He received a 20-year sentence.

5 Comments on this post:

By: GUARDIAN on 3/25/10 at 12:29

Not enough time for any of them.

By: ROTCMom on 3/25/10 at 1:48

What the heck is a conditional guilty plea? And pardon me, but where is the restitution due the victim? I realize these thugs probably don't have jobs, but seems to me that there should be a monetary judgement hanging over their heads for as long as it takes them to pay it. And how about a lifetime ban on these bozo's ever receiving any kind of government assistance? They've altered this poor man's life for good; they deserve the same!

By: DDG on 3/25/10 at 2:35

This is why I carry a gun. I don't need a "permit" it is a constitutional right. I would love for this to happen to me. The attacker would have been shot and most likely dead. Thugs like this deserve to die.

By: govskeptic on 3/26/10 at 11:04

I would like to know the minimun they will have to serve, not these
silly top yr sentence number, they truly mean nothing when
reading a story. Example: if a sentence carries 10-25 yrs
a judge can sentence one to 25 yrs. In fact that person is
elgible for parole and usually granted at 30% of 10 yrs, meaning
3-1/2 yrs served. That 25 yrs meant nothing except for the
public to read and think the state and DA has done a good job!
Often the victim is not even told these facts! Too bad.

By: MetalMan on 3/28/10 at 9:34

For what they did to Mr. DeMoss, they ought to all get the electric bench - all at once! What scum.