(05/18/2006)
By David Hedges, Publisher
Times Record-Roane County Reporter

A woman charged with murder and kidnapping before she pled to lesser charges could be eligible for parole before the month is up.

Crystal R. Hicks, 27, was sentenced Monday to a year for involuntary manslaughter and 1-to-5 years on charges of conspiracy to commit malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Roane Circuit Judge Tom Evans gave the maximum jail term on each charge in the plea and ordered that the sentences be served consecutively.

At the same time Evans said, under the law, Hicks was entitled to 352 days credit, the amount of time she has spent in jail since her arrest, not just on one but on each charge, which makes her eligible for parole in less than two weeks.

Any request for parole would have to be approved by the state parole board, Roane Prosecutor Mark Sergent said.

Hicks was one of three people charged with the May 2005 beating death of 51-year-old Daniel Burns of West Main St., which occurred after Hicks allegedly saw Burns touching her young daughters.

Her husband, Joey Wayne Hicks, 28, was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years for his part in Burns' death, including 15 years for manslaughter and 1-to-5 years for conspiracy. Evans ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

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