July 22, 2011 – Tarence Nelson, of Murfreesboro, was sentenced today just under a month after he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder for the September 25th, 2009 fatal shooting of Tonya M. Johnson, and her unborn child.
Nelson, age 28, was sentenced today in Criminal Court Division 8. Nelson is to serve two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders.
Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies developed Nelson as the suspect in the crime, and Nelson was arrested by Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on September 28th, 2011.
Information at trial indicated that Nelson and Johnson had been involved in domestic altercations in the past over her eight month old fetus.
Assistant District Attorneys Karen Cook and Carla Taylor prosecuted the case.
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July 21, 2011-Michael McVay was sentenced today in Criminal Court Division 4 for the sexual abuse and rape of a minor child in his care.
The jury in Criminal Court Division 4 convicted McVay On June 27th, 2011.
McVay, (age 51), the child’s step-grandfather, was sentenced to 25 years for rape of a child; 20 years for aggravated sexual battery; 20 years for rape and 10 years for sexual battery by an authority figure. The sentences run consecutively, for a total of 75 years imprisonment.
After serving sentence, McVay will be listed on the state of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and ordered to Community Supervision for life, as required by state law.
Assistant District Attorneys Carrie Shelton and Brooks Yelverton prosecuted the case.
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