Suspect charged in Sweetwater murder; victim identified

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

SWEETWATER, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One man has been charged in connection with the death of Janet Buchanan, who was found dead in her Sweetwater home just after midnight Friday morning, according to the Monroe Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Authorities said Brently M. Israel was charged with First Degree Homicide as well as with being a felon in possession of a handgun. He was taken to the Monroe Co. Jail where he is being held without bond.

Monroe Co. deputies found Buchanan's body after responding to a report of a shooting at the mobile home on Veterans Street.

Neighbors say they never saw problems with the couple, who lived there for about three months.

Jerry McKeehan is a veteran whose VFW post is near the crime scene. "Pretty frightening being this close to the VFW, it really is," he said.

Down the road, a young mother of two hopes the killing was isolated. "Usually it's very quiet and the police keep it safe. This is the first I've heard of a homicide nearby," said Karen Martin.

She might be able to rest easier knowing a person of interest is in custody, though he's yet to be charged. "I hope nothing ever happens like that again in this neighborhood."


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  • by Connie Location: Knoxville on Aug 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    I'm very sorry to hear about this awful tragedy. Brent is my first cousin but I haven't had any contact with him in over 25yrs. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Buchanan's family for their loss.
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      by Charmin on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to Connie
      Janet was my sister-in-law and thanks Connie for the nice words. I hope that his family doesnt try to get him out.
  • by Charmin on Aug 21, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    I hope the scam bag rottens in jail...I hate what he has done to my family. My sister-in-law has never done anything to anyone. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. This man did not just kill her but has put a lot of hurt in this family. SHE DID NOT DESERVE THIS. She will be missed and never forgotten. If its left to me he will never get out of jail I will be at every trail to make sure of it.
  • by Jennifer Location: 37917 on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    Janet was a sweet women an she is soooo loved. I am so shocked over what happened an I hold her family in my prayers.

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