Adams placed on probation

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Nathan Adams (Marion County Jail intake photo)

Nathan Lee Adams, age 36 of Knoxville, was placed on probation after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree harassment and first-degree animal torture.

Officer Jamie Robinson of the Knoxville Police Department filed a complaint Oct. 15, 2019, that indicates Adams called the Marion County Law Enforcement Center at 12:39 a.m. that morning and made threats against law enforcement personnel.

“Adams threatened to place car bombs in law enforcement personal vehicles and place package bombs at law enforcement residence,” Robinson wrote in the complaint. Those threatened include a Marion County dispatcher, two KPD officers, and a Marion County deputy.

Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada reports that when officers went to Adams’s home, an emaciated, starving puppy was found with two broken legs and another injury. The puppy was taken to the vet and has since recovered and been adopted.

The charge of making a threat with an explosive or incendiary device, as well as one count of possession of drug paraphernalia were dropped as part of a guilty plea. Adams was fined and sentenced to two years in prison per count to which he pleaded guilty – all prison time has been suspended. The prison sentences for the harassment charges were to run consecutively. The two years for the animal torture will run concurrently, should he serve prison time.

Adams was instead placed on probation for the next two years. He was ordered to undergo evaluations for substance abuse and mental health.