Man's lie lands him in prison

Last July, 33-year-old Charles Thomas Edmondson pleaded guilty in Clay County Circuit Court to breaking into the Clark Circle home of Kristi Livingston in February 2016.
By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

A Clay County man is ordered to serve more prison time because he lied to the court and a judge about his prior criminal history. 

Last July, 33-year-old Charles Thomas Edmondson pleaded guilty in Clay County Circuit Court to breaking into the Clark Circle home of Kristi Livingston in February 2016.

Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Edmondson to 15 years, but suspended all but one year of the sentence. Edmondson was to serve it in the Clay County Jail rather than a state penitentiary. As part of the plea agreement, a grand larceny charge was retired.

Kitchens accepted the agreement and gave Edmondson some leniency because he swore on court documents and in court that he'd never previously been convicted of a felony.

But in August, a Corrections Department field agent loading Edmondson's information into the state database ran across a Tom Edmondson who'd been sentenced in Quitman County for burglary in 2002. That person served time and then went back to prison after the five-year sentence was revoked in 2006.

The agent compared the information and realized the Charles Thomas Edmondson who pleaded in Clay County in July was the same person as the Tom Edmondson in Quitman County.

Prosecutors indicted Edmondson late last month on perjury charges and Friday, Kitchens revoked the terms of the previous agreement and ordered him to serve the full sentence.That means he'll likely serve at least another three years.

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