ROGERSVILLE – Local businessman and former State Representative Bruce W. Hurley, 83, entered guilty pleas in Hawkins Co. Criminal Court on Friday, April 28, to three counts of theft of property valued at less than $500.
Court records indicate that Hurley, who pleaded guilty before Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger, Jr., will serve no jail time as a result of his pleas of guilty to what amounts to three shoplifting charges.
Judge Dugger imposed a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, but ruled that all but 120 days of that sentence is to be served on probation. The remaining 120 days is to be served on community corrections (house arrest), court records indicate.
In addition to a $50 fine on each count, Hurley was ordered to pay $4.02 in restitution to Walmart, one of his two theft victims. The other theft victim was the Rogersville Food City supermarket. All three charges were brought against Hurley by the victims, according to a Rogersville Police Department spokesman.
Court records indicate that the thefts took place on Aug. 25, 2016; Sept. 29, 2016; and Nov. 16, 2016.
In one incident, according to a police report, Hurley was seen placing a pecan log in his trouser pocket at the Food City supermarket. In other incidents, Hurley was captured on surveillance video placing a candy bar in his pocket at the Rogersville Walmart and two more candy bars in his pocket on another day.
Both stores subsequently filed “private prosecution” warrants against Hurley in General Sessions Court.
Records indicate that the charges were originally scheduled to be heard before General Sessions Judge Todd Ross on Jan. 23, 2017, but were rescheduled.
On April 5, court records indicate, the cases against Hurley were, on his attorney’s motion, bound over to the grand jury.
But before the three cases were heard by a Grand Jury, Hurley appeared in Hawkins Co. Criminal Court and entered guilty pleas to all three counts on April 28.
Hurley represented Hawkins and Hancock Counties in the Tennessee General Assembly from 1971 until 1989.