Following a brief hearing last Thursday, Jeffery Cress was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
During the morning proceedings, Cress agreed he was guilty of sexual battery and aggravated assault, both of which are felonies. However, while Cress was willing to take the deal offered by prosecutors in the case, his attorney Michael Hatmaker did not agree.
“The plea is not my recommendation,” Hatmaker said. He went on to tell Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton that Cress could continue and accept the plea but it was “absent my recommendation.”