Man called ‘menace’ gets 13 years in prison

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By Damon Lawrence

A Rockwood man described by authorities as both a “career criminal” and a “menace to society” is facing more than a decade in prison.

A Roane County jury found Larry Adkisson guilty of aggravated burglary and theft last November.

On May 8, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Adkisson to 12 years as a career offender for the theft conviction and 13 years as a persistent offender for the aggravated burglary conviction.

“The sentences will run concurrently for an effective sentence of 13 years,” the District Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.

Adkisson has a lengthy rap sheet.

“I was thankful that we took him into custody because he’s a menace to society and a danger to society,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said after Adkisson was arrested in August 2016.

“He’s a career criminal, so it’s very satisfying to get a conviction,” Senior Assistant District Attorney Bob Edwards said after the jury found Adkisson guilty last November.

According to the DA’s office, Adkisson’s rap sheet dates back to 1999 when he was convicted in federal court on weapons offenses.

“He has also been convicted of multiple burglaries, vandalism, and for sales of controlled substances, several cases of prescription drug fraud, evading arrest, as well as multiple thefts,” the press release said.

Adkisson’s legal troubles aren’t over. He still has multiple cases pending that could go to trial later this year.

“We are pleased to get the first of these several trials behind us and to get a substantial prison sentence in place,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson was quoted in the press release.

“Mr. Adkisson needs to be in prison as evidenced by his lengthy prior criminal history that has made him a career offender. I applaud the hard work that Senior Assistant District Attorney Robert (Bob) Edwards and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Bennett put into this case both at trial and the sentencing.”

Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes was also credited with the work he did on the case.