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Silcox, Kelley plead guilty to lesser charges in last year's baseball bat attack

John Thompson • Updated Nov 12, 2019 at 8:17 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two more people have received prison sentences stemming from a 2018 video of a man being beaten with a baseball bat.

Three men and a woman had all been originally charged with attempted first-degree murder in the case. They were: Kasey Miller, 32; Michael Todd Silcox, 42; Ross Bee Kelley Jr., 40; and Matthew Duane Dye, 21.

The video, which had been removed from Miller’s cell phone, reportedly showed Miller beating a man with the baseball bat until he was laying on the ground unconscious. The video reportedly showed the three men watching the beating. Investigators said the beating occurred near Slagle’s Pasture.

On Sept. 4, Miller pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. Judge Lisa Rice sentenced Miller to 18 years in state prison. State law requires that anyone convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping, first-degree murder or rape must serve 100 percent of the sentence.

On Tuesday, the remaining three defendants in the case appeared before Rice. Silcox and Kelley each entered a guilty plea and received a 10-year sentence and 10 years probation. The case against Dye was continued to Feb. 4.

Both Silcox and Kelley were facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping. If they were convicted on the especially aggravated kidnapping charges, they would have been required to serve 100 percent of their sentences, but in the plea agreement, each pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated assault.

Rice ordered they would serve supervised probation at the extension of their 10-year sentence on aggravated kidnapping.

Investigators with the Elizabethton Police Department and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department became involved in the case after the departments received information from tipsters, who described a video of a woman using a baseball bat to beat a man “and left him for dead.” Investigators said a tipster told them Miller was using the video “to show what she is capable of doing.”

Another informant said the video appeared to have been taken around Slagle’s Pasture. The informant went on to say that at the end of the beating with the baseball bat, Miller requested one of the men with her to step on the victim’s arm while he was lying on the ground. The informant said the other man did step on the victim and then stabbed him in the neck three times.

A few days later Elizabethton police investigators obtained Miller’s consent to search her phone and reported finding the video described by the tipsters. 

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