Lisa K. Young found guilty of murder

By | April 28, 2016 2:55 pm

Last Updated: April 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

According to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, a jury has found Lisa K. Young, 44 of Sparta, guilty in the Feb. 2014 murder of Jill Farley, of Cookeville.

Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod says Young was found guilty of first degree premeditated murder, second degree murder and aggravated assault. She was given a mandatory life sentence for the first degree murder charge, and fined $50,000 for the first degree murder charge, $50,000 for the second degree murder charge and $10,000 for the aggravated assault charge. She will be sentenced for the assault charge on June 3.

Young was the third person arrested in connection with the incident, and the second court case to be resolved.

On Feb. 17, 2016, Brian Anthony Logan, 38, of Sparta, came to court for trial, and Assistant District Attorney Philip Hatch said Logan stated he wanted to plead guilty.

Logan was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 51 years, at which time he would be 89 years old.

Hatch was the prosecuter for Young’s case, as well.

On Feb. 9, 2014, at the request of 13th District Attorney General Randall York, TBI Special Agents, along with investigators from the White County Sheriff Department, began investigating the death of 41-year-old Jill Farley. On that date, at approximately 7:45 PM, the Cookeville woman drove into the parking lot of the Dollar General on Robert Matthews Highway in Sparta. She waited in the car while her passenger went inside the store. A store clerk saw a struggle inside Farley’s vehicle, after which the clerk and Farley’s passenger went outside and saw the woman was severely injured. Farley later succumbed to her injuries at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. On Feb. 13, 2014, a White County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging 36-year-old Brian Anthony Logan and 26-year-old Miranda Michelle Brown of Sparta, with one count each of Felony Murder and Aggravated Robbery.

White County Grand Jury returned indictments for Lisa Kay Young on Jan. 5, 2015, charging the 43-year-old Sparta woman with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Felony Murder, and one count of Aggravated Robbery.

The third individual arrested, Miranda Brown, is scheduled to make her next court appearance on July 13.

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