Lawyer who stole from dementia patient sentenced - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lawyer who stole from dementia patient sentenced

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A Nashville attorney has been sentenced to an additional eight years in prison for stealing money from the wards he was supposed to protect.

John E. Clemmons was appointed as the conservator for a Rutherford County man with dementia who was confined to a nursing home. An investigation by the Rutherford County Clerk and Master discovered Clemmons had stolen about $120,000 from the ward, Russell Church.

Clemmons agreed to an eight-year sentence, to be served consecutively, after an 18-year sentence in Davidson County. As part of the agreement, if Clemmons is ever paroled on the Nashville charges, he will come back to Rutherford County to find out whether his eight-year sentence will be served in prison or on probation.

Rutherford Clerk and Master John Bratcher's office discovered the theft.

"I have no sympathy for him," Bratcher said.

Clemmons' defense attorney told the judge that Clemmons had a gambling problem.

"We're defending a man seeking mercy at this point," defense attorney Bob Lynch told the judge.

"Gambling was part of it," Lynch said.

"He was a high roller," Bratcher said. "He used people who were helpless. He used the money of people who were helpless and he had taken an oath to protect."

After Bratcher discovered the Rutherford theft, more victims learned Clemmons had been doing the same thing in Davidson County for nearly 10 years.

Teresa Lyle's mother Nannie Malone was one of his victims.

"If Davidson County had just done their job, like Mr. Bratcher and his office did, we wouldn't be here, now," Lyle said.

Lyle discovered that Clemmons stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her mother's accounts, while telling the family there was no money to pay for her cancer treatments.

"My mother suffered a lot. I just wanted justice," Lyle said.

The victim in the Rutherford County case was able to get all his money back; Clemmons sold some family land to make restitution.

The Davidson County victims are still trying to recover more than a million dollars Clemmons stole from them.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: More heavy rain will quickly lead to additional flooding today

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: More heavy rain will quickly lead to additional flooding today

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: More heavy rain will quickly lead to additional flooding today

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:16 AM EDT2017-05-22 08:16:05 GMT
    Monday rainfall forecastMonday rainfall forecast

    Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches today will make for a cumulative 2 day total of over 8 inches of rain for some areas since Sunday if the forecast pans out as predicted today.

    More >>

    Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches today will make for a cumulative 2 day total of over 8 inches of rain for some areas since Sunday if the forecast pans out as predicted today.

    More >>
  • Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening for all of SW Louisiana

    Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening for all of SW Louisiana

    Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening for all of SW Louisiana

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:04 AM EDT2017-05-22 08:04:36 GMT
    Flash Flood Watch for MondayFlash Flood Watch for Monday
    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect all day today as more heavy rain is in the forecast. Radar is already showing the return of some rain moving in off the Gulf of Mexico closer to sunrise that will dampen the roads for your morning commute. High resolution computer models continue to show redevelopment of more storms over the same parts of SW Louisiana that were hit hard with heavy rain on Sunday, and it’s those same areas that will be most prone to flash flooding today with the ...More >>
    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect all day today as more heavy rain is in the forecast. Radar is already showing the return of some rain moving in off the Gulf of Mexico closer to sunrise that will dampen the roads for your morning commute. High resolution computer models continue to show redevelopment of more storms over the same parts of SW Louisiana that were hit hard with heavy rain on Sunday, and it’s those same areas that will be most prone to flash flooding today with the ...More >>
  • Officer fatally shoots man after he gets inside police car

    Officer fatally shoots man after he gets inside police car

    Sunday, May 21 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-05-22 00:08:33 GMT

    A police officer in a small western Louisiana town fatally shot a man who managed to get into a police vehicle.

    More >>

    A police officer in a small western Louisiana town fatally shot a man who managed to get into a police vehicle.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly