JOHN CHARLES USRY

JOHN CHARLES USRY 

Johnny Usry, former owner of Cherokee Memory Gardens has been arrested again. Cherokee Detention Center records indicate Usry was arrested Thursday, July 27, around 10:10 a.m. and charged with two counts of theft by deception in the second degree and one count of theft by deception int he first degree.

Usry was released on $10,000 bond Thursday, around 1:58 p.m.

As previously reported, A Grand Jury recently indicted Usry, 64, for theft by deception in the first degree in connection with the operation of Cherokee County Memory Gardens on Alabama Highway 9 in Centre.

Reports indicated that Usry was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center earlier this month and was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

The indictment from the Cherokee County Circuit Clerk's office showed that Usry "did knowingly obtain by deception control over checks, currency or the property of a named individual to deprive the owner of said property in violation of Section 13A-8-3 of the Code of Alabama."

Earlier this spring, residents complained about the lack of upkeep of the cemetery, reports said.

Centre Police reports indicate that there are more than 30 cases against Usry involving the sale of burial plots, markers and gravesites.

More arrests could be expected.