HUNTSVILLE — The Cleveland, Tenn., man accused of killing one and injuring others during a concert rampage at Trails End Campground two years ago will serve a maximum of six years in prison, after pleading guilty to several of the charges against him.
Billy Jason Carson, 44, entered an Alford plea to five of the 15 charges he was facing during an hour-long hearing in Scott County Criminal Court Monday morning. The agreement is a “best interest” plea arrangement under which criminal defendants plead guilty because it is in their best interest but stop short of admitting their guilt.
In Carson’s case, his attorney — Ken Miller — contended that his actions in the aftermath of a Trace Adkins concert at Trails End Campground in May 2015 were those of self-defense, but acknowledged that it was likely a Scott County jury would have convicted Carson on at least some of the charges he was facing.To continue reading, please subscribe to the Independent Herald. If you are already a subscriber, email email@example.com with the name and address to which your newspaper is mailed to receive login credentials. If you are a subscriber who is logged in and believe you are seeing this message in error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-569-6343.
The complete story can be found in the Dec. 21, 2017 print edition of the Independent Herald.