Nelson Heads To Prison For 30 Years

Billy Joe Nelson

Billy Joe Nelson

A man convicted of abducting a Tullahoma woman on Jan. 1, 2013 after a New Year’s party was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Billy Joe Nelson was convicted March 25 on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, carjacking and robbery. The conviction came at the end of a three day trial held in Coffee County Circuit Court.
He was charged with abducting the woman from the parking lot adjacent to the 41 Bar and Grill located on Hillsboro Boulevard in Manchester in the early hours of Jan 1, 2013.
Nelson was sentenced to serve 20 years for the aggravated rape and 10 years for the aggravated kidnapping charge. He is to serve those consecutive. He was also ordered to serve 10 years for the carjacking and five years on the robbery charge. Those are to be served concurrently with the kidnapping charge. Judge Paul Summers ordered that Nelson serve 100 percent of his sentences for the rape and kidnapping conviction.
Nelson was represented by Manchester Attorney Jeremy Parham while Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder prosecuted the case.
Ponder stated that he was satisfied with the sentence while Parham plans to file an appeal in the case.