Tuesday, December 15th, Terry Reese Tanton, 54, of Como was sentenced to 15 years in prison for each of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Judge Eddie Northcutt of the 8th Judicial Court stacked the sentences to total 45 years. Tanton will be 76-years of age when eligable for parole. He was also fined $10,000.
Monday afternoon, Novemeber 30, District Judge Northcutt, Tanton pled no contest and was found guilty of three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor—First Degree Felonies. Tanton was placed in custody in Hopkins County Jail. The sentencing phase of the trial was then set for December 15th.
Tanton, 53 at the time of his arrest, turned himself in at the Hopkins County Jail Wednesday, January 21, 2015, for aggravated sexual assault involving two girls, ages eight and ten. The three events took place on two days, January 2 and January 10.