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Man gets 4 years for $8,500 check
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A man who tried to pass a forged check for $8,500 has been handed a four-year prison sentence.


Derek Hampton Hunnicutt, 38, has been ordered to serve the sentence as a range one offender, meaning he will have to serve about one-third of his sentence before he is eligible for release.


The incident which led to Hunnicutt’s arrest happened in April when he was caught trying to cash a forged check at Regions Bank on Smithville Highway. When McMinnville Police officer Matthew Stubblefield arrived, he was advised by the local Regions Bank manager a male matching Hunnicutt’s description had earlier tried to cash forged checks at a bank in Murfreesboro.


“Mr. Hunnicutt advised he was picked up by an unknown male who gave him the check and advised him to attempt to cash it,” said Stubblefield in the arrest warrant. “The check was made out to Mr. Hunnicutt for $8,500. The handwriting of the check does not match the handwriting of the check owner.”


Hunnicutt was charged with forgery for making the check out to himself. He was also charged with attempted theft under $10,000 because he tried, unsuccessfully, to steal $8,500 from the bank.