Brown Convicted in 2009 Murder
A 27-year-old man is facing as many as 13 years in prison, following his convictions on two felony murder charges in Monroe County Criminal court on Thursday.
He is Jonathan Michael Brown of Cherokee Road, Delano, who underwent a two-day trial in Madisonville this week, after which a jury of 12 men and women found him guilty of facilitating a second-degree murder and accessory after the fact.
Following closing comments by prosecuting Assistant District Attorney General Jim Stutts and Deputy Public Defender Jeannie Wiggins, the jury deliberated from 11am to 9pm before agreeing on the verdict.
Brown was indicted by the Monroe County Grand Jury on October 5, 2011, on three murder counts stemming from the March 4, 2009 death of Renee Rossier Miller of Campground Road Madisonville. The man who shot and killed Miller, Kenneth Erick Waldrop, then 20 years old, of Etowah was convicted of second-degree murder in a jury trial on September 20, 2010, and later sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The indictment against Brown accused him of criminal responsibility of another, facilitation second-degree murder, and accessory after the fact. The charges ensued from Brown’s involvement in assisting Waldrop, knowing he intended to murder Miller, and hindering the arrest of Waldrop.
The investigation into Waldrop determined he initially assaulted Miller before killing her and then concealed her body and the transporting vehicle in McMinn County. Detectives with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation determined that Brown assisted Waldrop in his activities before, during, and after the homicide.
Judge Carroll Ross set Brown’s sentencing for August 2.
The facilitation conviction carries an 8-to-12-year sentence as a Class B felony; accessory after the fact is an E felony with a maximum one-to-two year prison sentence.
from The Monroe County Buzz, June 30, 2012
Link to the TN Advocate and Democrat online story – Guilty verdict in murder case