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Kitts pleads; sentencing set for September

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By Susan Sharp

A man looking at six criminal charges will have to wait for sentencing.

Last week, Joseph Ted Kitts agreed he was guilty of aggravated burglary, theft over $60,000, criminal simulation, possession of meth and oxycontin for resale and possession of weapon in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Initially, he had been charged with 10 crimes. However, prosecutors moved to dismiss a firearms charge, a drug paraphernalia charge, and two possession of a controlled substance for resale charge, according to court records.

A number of the charges resulted from a June 2009 raid conducted by the LaFollette Police Department.

Acting on information of possible illegal activity the LPD served a search warrant on Kitts Tires, the business owned by Joseph T. Kitts.

Once inside the tire shop police found not only guns and drugs but also a significant amount of counterfeit cash, the arrest warrant written by Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar said.

Specifically authorities found a half gram of meth, oxycontin, and weigh scales. They also found just over $58,000 in counterfeit cash. The phony money consisted of 12 sheets that each had 48 uncut $100 bills, seven $100 bills and nine $20 bills, according to Henegar’s report.

The cache of guns included 12 gauge shotgun and .22 caliber rifle.

Kitts other crimes included an accomplice.

In Aug. 2009, Kitts and Kelly Bruce Dople were arrested for aggravated burglary and theft over $60,000.

The sheriff’s department named the two as suspects in a home invasion. According to the report, the homeowner said $82,000 worth of property and $9,000 in cash had been taken from his home.

When Det. Brandon Elkins acquired Dople and Kitts were possibly involved executed a search of Kitts’ Tire Shop. In the course of the search Kitts admitted that tire and rim that come under scrutiny contained guns and coins from the burglary. He then assisted the police in recovering the items.

Part of Kitts’ plea agreement prohibits him from assisting in Dople’s defense.

While he did plead guilty last week, only his fines and court costs were assessed.

In all he owes over $4,000.

He will be sentenced on Sept. 6.