Knox Correction Officer Accused of Trying to Hire Hitman

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) - A Knox County Corrections Officer is facing charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tommy Newman's charged with criminal solicitation to commit first degree murder, after being nabbed in the sting on Saturday.

Word of an alleged plot came known to the Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI ran a four day undercover operation.

That resulted in the arrest of Tommy Newman, a Knox County corrections officer late Saturday night.

Newman allegedly attempted to solicit a federal inmate to kill his ex girlfriend and her boyfriend. Newman is charged with one count of Solicitation to Commit First Degree Murder. Newman is being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s detention facility under a half million dollar bond.

Knox county Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones said in a prepared release, “clearly this behavior will not be tolerated. I am proud of one thousand plus employees of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and I will act swiftly to investigate and deal with inappropriate conduct.”

Newman had been a corrections officer at the Knox County Sheriff’s detention facility since 2003.

In a news release Knox County Sheriff’s Office states that Newman always had good performance evaluations by his supervisors. Newman has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending termination as required by the merit council.


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  • by HEY MAD LOCATION on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:36 PM
    YES I READ THE STORY- BUT HE IS OUT OF JAIL BECAUSE THEY REDUCED HIS BAIL TO 85,000 NOW ISN'T THAT JUST SILLY. PEOPLE CAN DO ANYTHING NOW DAYS AND THERE IS NOT JUSTICE OR PUNISHMENT FOR THEM, NO WONDER THERE IS SO MUCH CRIME IN THIS WORLD.
  • by CONFUSED on Aug 12, 2007 at 11:07 PM
    NUNYA LOCATION.... AREN'T YOU CUTE????? I AM GLAD YOU HEARD ME.
  • by nunya Location: knoxville on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:20 AM
    confused...WHY ARE YOU YELLING?
  • by Hey Mad Location: knoxville on Aug 2, 2007 at 04:16 PM
    Didn't you read the story--he's in jail on half million dollar bond--don't think he's going anywhere soon.
  • by CONFUSED on Aug 1, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    OK SO THE STORY ABOUT THE DEPUTY CITED OVER GAS THEFT IS TAKING MORE PRIORITY THAN THIS STORY???? THIS IS A HIT ON PEOPLES LIVES! SOUNDS LIKE PREMEDITATED MURDER ON TWO, AND GAS BEING STOLEN IS MORE IMPORTANT? I DON'T UNDERSTAND PEOPLES MORALS! WE NEED TO START PRAYING BECAUSE IF YOU CAN JUST MAKE THESE KIND OF PREMEDITATED PLANS AND IT JUST DROPS OUT OF THE NEWS AND NO UPDATES ON THIS MAN. THEN WHAT IS STOPPING MORE PEOPLE FROM DOING THESE DEVESTATING THINGS? BUT MAKE SURE YOU PAY FOR YOUR GAS..... THAT KIND OF MISTAKE WE SURELY DON'T WANT TO MAKE.
  • by MAD on Aug 1, 2007 at 03:52 AM
    OK JUST WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO TO THIS MAN IF THEY HAVE THE PROOF THAT HE DID DO THIS????? AND ARE THOSE OTHER TWO PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES SAFE??? WHAT IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT THEM???

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