Maryville businessman Jimmy Ray Hatcher makes plea deal
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The owner of Hickory Corner Enterprises in Maryville is expected to plead guilty to selling a firearm and ammunition in January 2012 to a person he knew to be a previously-convicted felon.
Jimmy Ray Hatcher, 66, will have an initial appearance and arraignment, followed by a change of plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Oct. 4. His charge is punishable for up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
Hatcher made the plea agreement with his Knoxville-based attorney, Wade Davies, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Norris.
According to court documents, on Jan. 25, 2012, Hatcher sold the firearm and the ammunition for $200 to a person that he knew or had cause to believe to have been a previously-convicted felon, whose crime was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding a year.
Hatcher admitted that he knew the customer had been previously convicted of a crime. Because there was no evidence of such, it was agreed upon that the firearm had not been reported stolen at the time Hatcher sold it.
A search warrant was conducted a day later by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) on Hickory Corner Enterprises, located at 4614 Sevierville Road. According to a TBI report, the warrant was obtained to locate and seize stolen property that was believed to be on the grounds. During an undercover operation, the TBI had sold items to Hatcher for cash. More than 100 items were seized as a result, which TBI officers took inventory of.
Officers with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Operations Unit assisted in conducting the search warrant.
Hickory Corner Enterprises, which was established in 1948, specializes in RV sales, mobile home and trailer parts, and RV and mobile home repair.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton will preside over the initial appearance and arraignment at 9 a.m., while U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Varlan will preside over the change of plea hearing at 9:15 a.m.
Jimmy Hatcher is the brother of Blount County Circuit Court Clerk Tom Hatcher.