Rebecca Dishman Pleads Guilty on Charges of 1st Degree Murder, 2 Counts of Rape of a Child

Clinton, Tennessee – Today, Rebecca E. Dishman, age 25, entered a guilty plea on charges of First-Degree Murder and two counts of Rape of a Child. She was sentenced to Life in Prison for murder and an additional 50 years to be served at 100% on the two Rape of a Child charges. In addition, as a condition of the plea, Dishman is required to cooperate with the State of Tennessee in its death penalty case against her Co-Defendant Sean S. Finnegan.

Dishman and her Co-Defendant Finnegan were the subject of an investigation by the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of investigation. A search warrant was executed at the home they shared at 318 E. Fairview Road in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in August of 2020. Within the home, officers found the frozen body of Jennifer Paxton which had reportedly been stored in a freezer after her murder. A subsequent investigation also resulted in charges against both Finnegan and Dishman for the rape of two children.

In Court today, Senior Judge Don R. Ash, hearing this case on special assignment, set a trial date in August 2024 for the trial of Sean Finnegan. Both Finnegan and Dishman have been and continue to be housed in the Anderson County Detention Facility since the time of their arrest in 2020.

The families of the victims involved in the case were pleased with today’s entry of the plea agreement by Rebecca E. Dishman. Family members of murder victim Jennifer Paxton were present in the courtroom for the entry of the plea.

General Clark would like to thank the Oak Ridge Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of investigation, and the entire staff of the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office for their exceptional work during the investigation of this case and prosecution of the Defendant Rebecca E. Dishman. Assistant District Attorney General Sarah W. Keith represented the State of Tennessee at today’s hearing.

District Attorney General Dave Clark remarked, “I am grateful to the officers and prosecutors who have worked so hard on this case. This is a huge step in achieving justice in this case and for these victims.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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  1. Kill him he deserves the death penalty his brother Daniel finnegan

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