Hughes receives life with parole, plus 14 years

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 10/10/17

 Jody Hughes, convicted earlier this year for the murder of Tyler Worth, was sentenced  to life with the possibility of parole, and 14 years for tampering with evidence and conspiracy, in …

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Hughes receives life with parole, plus 14 years

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 Jody Hughes, convicted earlier this year for the murder of Tyler Worth, was sentenced  to life with the possibility of parole, and 14 years for tampering with evidence and conspiracy, in Bradley County Criminal Court on Monday.

Hughes was convicted in May for the homicide, along with the sentences for kidnapping, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Hughes received 14 total years to serve on those convictions, to be served consecutively with the murder conviction.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections will be responsible for when Hughes will be eligible for parole.

Monday's sentencing hearing gave Worth's family the opportunity to talk to Hughes.

"He was loved by so many, and now all we have are wonderful memories," said Worth's mother Julia. "You took the memories we would make in the future from us through this evil deed."

Denny Worth, the victim's father, said the family is suffering.

"Jody Hughes is an evil person," he said. "You are a monster and you are no good."

Tyler Worth's parents said that he is in heaven now, and that Hughes, because of the murder, will never make it to heaven.

"I understand you are  hurting, but I am not a monster," Hughes said. "Tyler came to me as a savior, but he robbed me of thousands of dollars, and there was not one bit of evidence that said I killed him.

"If I could give him his life back, I would," Hughes continued.

As he was in his trial, Hughes was quite vocal, and again said that he was not pleased with his representation by local attorney Winton Marble. There were 13 court officers present at Monday's sentencing of Hughes.

He also spoke at Assistant District Attorney Dallas Scott.

"I hate you, Dallas," Hughes said.

There were four conspirators in the death of Tyler Worth, and Hughes said that each should "be held accountable."

 Hughes is eligible for parole, and also has the ability to seek a new trial and has the right to appear. The request for a new trial must be made within 30 days, noted Criminal Court Judge Sandra Donaghy.

The 14 years added to the murder conviction were six years for kidnapping, and eight years on both the tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. The two tampering with evidence convictions are to be served concurrently, and will be added to the kidnapping sentence.

Hughes remains in custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

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