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Criminal Court Case / Sentencing / Parole
(This page updated March 27, 2008)

On January 5, 2005, Jimmy Nall was sentenced to 15 years in a state prison
but remained in the Williamson County Jail.
On March 26, 2008, he was transferred to a state prison following
a court ruling the affirmed the original sentence.

(Click here to see news stories about why Nall remained in a county jail.)


Thanks to everyone who sent emails and written petitions opposing parole!
Your support is greatly appreciated by Sherri's mother, father, and friends.


August 25, 2006 Parole Hearing (Williamson County Jail, Franklin, TN)

The Parole Board set August 2011 as the next Parole Hearing Date.

The Parole Board received over 4,400 responses opposing parole, including over 3,900 signatures on petitions.

25 people attended the August 25th parole hearing to oppose parole. Seating capacity was limited to 5 people, the remaining 20 waited 2 hours in another room to hear the result.

Three family members and Nall's attorney attended the parole hearing to request early release.

The Parole Board indicated this case received more opposition to early parole than any previous case.

Thanks to everyone who and gathered and signed written petitions and contacted the Parole Board opposing parole! Your support is greatly appreciated by Sherri's mother, father, and friends.


Check JimmyNall's status in real-time on the Sate of Tennessee's website:
https://www.tennesseeanytime.org/foil/search.jsp


Earlier News Reports About the Plea and Sentencing Hearing

January, 2005 Plea and Sentence Hearing Media Articles.

Drunk Driver That Killed Woman Gets 15 Years
WTVF NewsChannel5.com, Nashville.Tuesday January 4, 2005
By Chris Cannon, WTVF NewsChannel 5 Reporter

Family and friends stand up for victim at drunk driver's sentencing
WKRN News 2, Tuesday January 4, 2005
By Mike Browning for News 2 at 4:00pm

Prospect of parole upsets DUI crash victim's family
Williamson A.M. (The Tennessean), Thursday, January 6, 2005
By Mitchell Kline, Staff Writer


Some of Sherri's supporters gathered in the Williamson County Court House rotunda
following the sentencing hearing. (Jan 4, 2005)

January 4, 2005, 9:00 a.m. Plea and Sentence Hearing
By Stephen L. Glover (Sherri's father)

Jimmy L. Nall appeared in the Williamson County Court House (Franklin, Tennessee) before Judge R. E. Lee Davies and entered a guilty plea to a combined charge of Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide by Blood Alcohol Content of 0.20% or Greater.

Prosecuting District Attorney Georgia Felner read the negotiated sentence (plea bargain): 15 Years in a state prison. Nall received a packet containing photos of Sherri and over 100 letters and emails (with names and addresses removed) so he can understand Sherri's accomplishments and the feelings of loss and sadness suffered by her family and friends. Additionally, Nall received a photo of Sherri that he must hang on the wall of his prison cell.

Because Nall admitted he has no memory of the crash, prior to the plea hearing, he was required to review evidence and photos of the crash so he would understand the extent of his irresponsible actions.

Sherrri's mother and father and more than 45 of her friends attended the hearing to show their support. The Court Clerk described this as an "impressive" and "unusually" large number. Williamson Country sheriff Ricky Headley, Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Allan Brenneis, and former Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) national president Millie Webb represented their institutions.

Our family thanks everyone who attended on Sherri's behalf, as well as those who wrote emails and letters to the district attorney (DA). The DA said the number and quality of letters/emails received was "outstanding."

Three television stations (WKRN 2, WLAC 5, and WZTV 17), WLAC 1510 radio, and The Tennessean reported the hearing to bring public awareness that current laws need to be updated to prevent repeated DUI offencies and provide harsher sentences for those who injure or kill innocent victims.


Previous Events listed in chronological order

June 22, 2003 - Arrest of Driver Who Struck and Killed Sherri
Jimmy L. Nall was arrested for vehicular homicide, DUI, and violation of the state open container law. Bond was set at $250,000. Click here to read a newspaper article about the crash.

July 9, 2003 - Preliminary Hearing
Jimmy L. Nall waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. Click here to read a newspaper article about the preliminary hearing.

August 13, 2003 - Grand Jury Indictments Issued
Click here to read a newspaper article about the Grand Jury indictments.
According to court records, on August 13, the Williamson County Grand Jury found enough evidence to indict Jimmy L. Nall for:

  • Vehicular Homicide by DUI
  • Vehicular Homicide by Recklessness
  • Aggravated Vehicular Homicide by Prior DUIs
  • Aggravated Vehicular Homicide by Blood Alcohol Content of 0.20% or Greater

August 25, 2003 - Arraignment Hearing
On August 25, Jimmy L. Nall appeared at an Arraignment Hearing and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges against him.

See dates below. Defense Motions and Discussion (Discovery).
Pre-trial hearings were held in the Williamson County Criminal Circuit Court in Franklin, Tennessee for the following defense motions:

  • Motion to Exclude or Suppress Evidence
  • Motion to Dismiss or for Change of Venue

October 6, 2003, 9:00 a.m. (postponed)
November 18, 2003, 9:00 a.m.
(postponed)
February 3, 2004, 9:00 a.m.
(postponed at 4:45 p.m. on February 2)
March 2, 2004, 9:00 a.m.
(postponed at 8:45 a.m. on March 2)
April 26, 2004, 9:00 a.m. (The case was called after 4:00 p.m.)
The defense called several people including Sherri's mother who was questioned concerning any medications Sherri may have taken prior to the crash. The motion to exclude or suppress certain evidence was denied.

July 15, 2004, 9:00 a.m. (The case was called at 4:00 p.m.)
The defense questioned several people including the Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who was at the crash site, the medical technician who drew blood samples, and the lab technician who analyzed the blood sample. They were questioned about processes and procedures for handling and testing blood samples. The motion to exclude or suppress certain evidence was denied.

A trial date of January 4, 2005 was set. The motion to Change Venue may be heard on the trial date.

November 11, 2004 (Motion by defense attorney to delay the Jan 4, 2005 sentencing hearing for attorney's personal reasons was dismissed)

January 4, 2005, 9:00 a.m. Plea and Sentence Hearing
Click here to see top of this page.

March 24, 2008, 9:00 a.m. Hearing on motion filed by Nall to remain in the county jail.
The judge dismissed the motion and ordered that Nall be sent to a tranferred to a state prison. Nall was moved to a state prison two days later. Click here to read news reports about why Nall remained in a county jail for more than three years after the original sentencing on January 4, 2005.


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