Cocke County woman sentenced for threatening TBI agent

Cocke County woman sentenced for threatening TBI agent


NEWPORT (WATE) - A Cocke County woman was sentenced to 51 months in prison Thusrday after pleading guilty to threatening an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Kathleen Laws Garrett, 51, pleaded guilty to a May 2013 federal indictment charging her and her son, Clayton Carroll Owenby, with threatening to retaliate against a witness.

Owenby had previously been charged in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy, which involved nine people obtaining prescriptions for oxycodone from various pain clinics and physicians across Tennessee, then redistributing the drug.

Owenby pleaded guilty to the drug charges.

While Owenby was in federal custody and the drug case was pending, Owenby made numerous phone calls to his mother, Kathleen Garrett, threatening to physically retaliate against the lead case agent and his family. Garrett also made similar threats.

Garrett admitted to making the threats. Owenby also pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this month.

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