Vaught answers to perjury charge in Sumner Co.

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Former Vanderbilt nurse RaDonda Vaught pleaded guilty to perjury charges in a Sumner County court Wednesday over her attempt to buy guns two years ago.

The charges come after Vaught signed Form 4473 at a Gallatin gun shop, saying she was not charged with any crimes at the time of the purchase. However, at the time she was facing a count of reckless murder and a count of disabled adult abuse, both crimes.

Vaught’s lawyer, Peter Strianse, says Vaught’s stating that she had no criminal record at the time of purchase was a simple mistake because she read the paperwork too quickly.

“She did it a little too quickly and if you’re reading this language, if you’re a person facing a criminal case, you don’t know what the verdict will be,” he said. “So I can see how people can make that mistake. I think there are many citizens who made mistakes on a 4473 form. So it wasn’t on purpose at all.”

A jury found Vaught guilty on both counts in March. She was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter abuse of a disabled adult after giving a 75-year-old Charlene Murphy a lethal dose of the wrong drug.

At Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors requested that the court consider the charge for a year. Strianse explained the agreement to News 2 outside of the courtroom where the hearing was being held.

“Basically we will continue the case for a full year because of her good behavior and then return to court on May 31, 2023, at which time Judge Carter will dismiss the charges and I will have the opportunity to strike it off her record.” he said.

RaDonda Vaught will return to a Sumner County court in May 2023 in hopes that the perjury charge will be dismissed from her record. Vaught answers to perjury charge in Sumner Co.

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