Former Dyer County Sheriff James “Tommy” Cribbs appeared in Dyer County Circuit Court where he plead guilty to several felony charges, including an arson charge from 2011

Former Dyer County Sheriff James “Tommy” Cribbs appeared in Dyer County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to several felony charges, including an arson charge from 2011.

The 71-year-old Cribbs, who is serving a two-year sentence on federal gun charges at the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Arkansas, was transferred to the Dyer County Jail last Thursday. He appeared in Dyer County Circuit Court on Tuesday with his attorney Charles Kelly Sr. The case was presented before Obion County Circuit Court Judge William Acree instead of Dyer County Circuit Court Judge Lee Moore.

Cribbs pleaded guilty to the charges of arson, attempted arson, and DUI fifth offense. The charges of aggravated assault and violation of the implied consent law were dismissed by the state, which was represented by Dyer County Assistant District Attorney General Karen Burns. The aggravated assault charge stems from an incident in May of 2009 in which Cribbs allegedly struck a male victim with a barbell weight. The victim had to be airlifted to Memphis for treatment.

Cribbs agreed to a combined six-year sentence for the charges he pleaded guilty to and will serve out that sentence with the Tennessee Department of Corrections after serving his federal time.

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