JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Former Johnson County Sessions Court Judge Perry Stout pleaded guilty to laundering money and possessing marijuana Friday morning.
Stout and his wife, Pamela Stout, were arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the First Judicial District Attorney General’s Office. Stout was initially charged with money laundering, possession of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony, conspiracy to possess with the intent to sell or deliver Schedule VI drugs and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or use of narcotics.
Friday morning, Stout pleaded guilty to money laundering and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges.
Stout waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty on those charges.
Money laundering is a Class B felony, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute is a Class C felony. Stout accepted an eight-year sentence on the money laundering charge and two years on the drug charge.
In court, Stout admitted to helping fund a marijuana trafficking operation from early 2022 until January 2024. He admitted to using the profits from that operation to fund his 2022 judge campaign, among other things.
Judge Lisa Rice called the situation “regrettable” and “beyond comprehension how things got to this point.”