Response to deal
Because many victims were still dealing with troublesome dentures and needed cash to get new ones, Gardner said restitution was his top priority during plea negotiations with Garrett. No one is required to make restitution while in jail and any payments are delayed until a prisoner is released, he said.
Kay Emmitt and her husband, Curtis, received dentures that were unsatisfactory and found that the business had moved when Kay Emmitt returned to get hers adjusted. Kay Emmitt said the plea deal’s resolution was probably for the best, so people who still need new dentures can get them.
“That’s not a cheap thing to do, especially after you’ve invested that much money as a loss,” Kay Emmitt said. “I’m glad he did it the way he did, not so much for our part, but for people who needed to get them replaced but couldn’t do it until they got the money.”
Emogene Garner had mixed feelings about the plea agreement. She understood making the restitution the priority, but she wasn’t sure the punishment should have stopped there.
“I got my thousand dollars back I paid them, and I was tickled to get that back, and I didn’t think I’d ever get that,” she said. “I think they ought to serve some [time]; I don’t think they should get away with it after just paying. They’ve turned right around and done it again.”
Gardner said that for the most part, the victims he spoke with seemed pleased with the resolution.
“I think there are some victims that wanted to see jail time as well, but they were also pleased to receive their restitution paid in full,” Gardner said. “We were able to get the $27,000-plus dollars before Christmas and distribute it to every single victim except for one before Christmastime. … We’re still trying to locate the last victim at this time. He’s been hard to track down at this point.”
Gardner gave the Glasgow Police Department credit for the investigating the case, especially then-Det. Tammy Britt.
“She’s the one who got ahold of this case, investigated this case and brought it to our office,” from which it proceeded to grand jury, Gardner said. “I feel very proud to have worked with Glasgow Police Department to right a wrong in our community.”
The Daily Times requested last week in an email to GPD Public Affairs Officer Julie Anne Williams that Officer Britt be made available for an in-person interview about the case. Williams suggested in her reply a time for the interview Thursday afternoon, but Williams asked in the same email that the Daily Times “submit your questions via e-mail and we will stick to those during your time with her.”
The Daily Times declined to submit questions in advance and told Williams by email that a reporter planned to be at the police department at the scheduled time unless Williams said otherwise.
At the time the interview was scheduled to begin, Williams said GPD was declining to comment on the Barren County case at this time because two cases being handled by other agencies against the subjects were still open. She declined to specify where the cases were, but the Daily Times had previously confirmed that at least two cases are pending against the Richardsons in separate Tennessee counties. There, the business was called Amazing Smiles.