Former Knoxville Lawyer Gets 51-Month Sentence

Disbarred Knoxville attorney John Oliver Threadgill was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $3 million in back taxes after being convicted of stealing clients’ money and avoiding paying federal taxes and penalties. At the sentencing hearing Monday, Threadgill continued to maintain his innocence arguing he pleaded guilty to theft charges only because it was in his best interest to avoid trial and receive probation, and that he was the victim of a bad investment that left him unable to pay the taxes. He remains free pending a decision by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on where he will serve his sentence, Knoxnews reports.