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No Jail for Former Pastor, Mistress Poison Plot

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

UNION CITY, Tenn. -- A former Union City pastor accused of plotting to kill his wife along with his mistress both pleaded guilty to felony reckless endangerment, Friday morning.

Neither will face jail time.

Former Second Baptist Church Pastor Eddie Mallonee and church member Shelly Moran were placed on supervised probation after a plea bargain.

The pair are accused of planning for two years to poison his wife Cathy while on a mission trip to Honduras.

"I wish it would have gone to trial and all the facts would have been out and let a jury make the decision," Chief Perry Barfield, of the Union City Police Department said.

Originally, the two were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and attempt to commit first degree murder.

Despite the alleged attempt on her life, Cathy, Mallonee's wife of more than 34 years, has been by her husband's side during court proceedings.

"She wrote a letter to prosecutors saying she didn't want to pursue this," Chief Barfield said about Cathy. "And so I think that played a major part in the plea bargain."

John Miles, an attorney for Eddie Mallonee, released this statement about the situation:

"I know this case had an impact many people in our community. Whatever else might be said, I hope we can move forward in a spirit of reconciliation. We all want healing for our community and for all those affected in a wonderful church, both of which remain strong and will grow even stronger."
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