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Judge sentences woman to 278 days in jail, orders anger management training

July 21st, 2011 3:47 pm by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — A woman who had been charged with several probation violations and had allegedly been involved in an assault in the Carter County Jail was sentenced to 278 days by General Sessions Judge John Walton on Wednesday.
Barbara McKinney Guinn, 27, Bristol Apartments, 425 W. G St., was convicted on six charges and the contempt of court charges.
The lengthy sentence is the total time for three of the charges and three contempt charges which Walton ordered to be served one after the other. The longest sentences were two for 109 days each on two charges of a second offense of violation of probation. She was sentenced to another 30 days on a first violation of probation. The three contempt charges brought 10 days each.
McKinney was not ordered to serve any time on her conviction for assault in the jail, but she was ordered to undergo a year’s probation and anger management training. She was also ordered to stay away from Melissa Swiney.
The assault took place in the chapel block of the jail on July 14. Jailer April Grindstaff reported that Guinn ran at Swiney and struck her in the back of the head, knocking her out of a chair and onto the floor. Medical personnel said Swiney suffered a knot and swelling on her right wrist and tenderness to her lower ribs.

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