Man accused of using cocaine while on probation back behind bars for original home invasion case

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One of four suspects accused of kidnapping and robbing a local couple has been thrown back behind bars after violating his probation in Murfreesboro.

Rafael Grissom participated in an Old Lebanon Highway home invasion that involved victims who were in their sixties in 2012. At age 32, he was convicted on aggravated burglary and robbery charges in a Rutherford County Courtroom. A 15-year sentence followed the conviction, but he only had to serve two years before being released. Soon after serving time while under probation he was later charged with "Violation of Probation and Violation of Community Corrections" when he showed up at the probation office smelling like marijuana. A drug test showed he was positive for using the illegal plant which landed him back in jail. Grissom also admitted to using cocaine, even though he told a probation officer upon one of his first meetings that he did not have a drug problem.

Not too long after testing positive for cocaine and marijuana use, he was given another chance with the installation of an RF monitoring device to track his movements. He was also given a strict curfew that required him to be home by 5PM. Evidently, he did not follow his Community Corrections guidelines and probation officers learned that he was not at home by 5 as ordered. In fact, his monitoring device showed him in walking around his neighborhood after 5 on "multiple occasions," which landed him in more trouble. As a result of his documented violations, the courts told him he had to head back to prison to finish out his 15-years as originally sentenced.


On appeal, the defendant insisted that the trial court's ruling in regards to his sentencing was "ambiguous at best and should be vacated." The courts did not see eye to eye with his argument and Grissom, who was homeless when the robbery occurred in 2012, will now have a bed to rest his head at night.

Grissom, who is 33-years old today, will be officially released in year 2029 - just 25-days after his 48th birthday.



Court Document No. M2014-02560-CCA-R3-CD

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