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Court Briefs - July and August 2011

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Guilty plea
Angela Bowers (1975) pleaded guilty to complicity, manufacturing methamphetamine; complicity, trafficking in controlled substance (meth); complicity, unlawful possession of meth precursor; complicity, possession of controlled substance, first degree; complicity, possession of marijuana; complicity, buy or possess drug paraphernalia; and complicity, possession or use of radio that sends or receives police messages, July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years to run concurrently and probated for five years. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered. Final sentencing is Sept. 19.
 
Charges dismissed
Charges of cultivation of marijuana and complicity were dismissed without prejudice against Annette L. Fish (1962) July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court. The ruling permits charges to be re-filed if evidence warrants.
 
Guilty plea
Jeffery Purdam pleaded guilty to one count of complicity, cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants; complicity, buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; and complicity, possession of marijuana, July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is one year to run concurrently. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered. Final sentencing is Oct. 3.
 
Indictment dismissed
The indictment against John D. Maylee (1963) was dismissed without prejudice July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court. Maylee had been charged with cultivation of marijuana and complicity. The ruling permits charges to be re-filed if evidence warrants.
 
Charges dismissed
Charges of cultivation of marijuana and complicity were dismissed without prejudice against Marcus B. Wiley (1970) July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court. The ruling permits charges to be re-filed if evidence warrants.

Guilty plea
Mark A. Caven (1961) was sentenced to three years, probated for five years after being found guilty of complicity, possession of controlled substance, July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was credited with two days served. He is to pay a supervison fee of $500 and the time will be served consecutively with his Green County case. He was ordered to pay $185 court costs and $50 fine for expired registration plates.
 
Probation
recommended
Chris T. Gray (1977) pleaded guilty July 18 to one count of complicity, possession controlled substance (methamphetamine) and complicity, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years. Probation is recommended. Final sentencing was Aug. 15.
 
Guilty plea
Lonnie Frye (1978) pleaded guilty to complicity, possession of controlled substance; complicity, possession of marijuana; and complicity, use or possession of drug paraphernalia July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is three years to serve consecutively. Commonwealth attorney recommends probation. Defendant furloughed until final sentencing on Aug. 15.
 
Guilty plea
Thomas M. Spalding (1989) pleaded guilty to one count each of convicted felon in possession of a firearm; carrying a concealed deadly weapon; failure of owner to maintain required insurance; failure to wear seatbelts; improper display of registration plates; and no or expired registration receipt July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was sentenced to one year to serve concurrently; probation denied. Final sentencing conducted.
 
Guilty plea
Donzell D. Johnson (1989) pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was sentenced to four months; probation denied. Final sentencing was conducted.
 
Guilty plea
Jorge Ivan Vega Caban (1985) pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree escape July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was sentenced to one year; probation denied. Final sentencing was conducted.
 
Guilty plea
Teresa Jackson (1988) pleaded guilty to one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition – auto July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is three years to be pre-trial diverted. Final sentencing was Aug. 15.
 
Guilty plea
Tracy Shanklin (1967) entered a guilty plea to one count of third-degree burglary July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years to run concurrently with all other convictions. Final sentencing conducted. Probation denied.
 
Probation revoked
Brandon Hirtman (1980) was sentenced to 28 days July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court after violating terms of his probation by leaving the state. Hirtman was charged with three counts of sexual abuse in 2009 and received a five-year suspended sentence. He was ordered to complete sexual offender treatment.

Declared a fugitive
Jordan L. Canter (1990) failed to appear Aug. 1 in LaRue Circuit Court. A bench warrant was issued and he was declared a fugitive.
 
Declared a fugitive
John Kayse (1955) was found in contempt Aug. 1 in LaRue Circuit Court for failure to pay court costs. He was ordered to serve 179 days or pay. He was declared a fugitive and a bench warrant was issued.
 
In contempt
Joseph Skaggs (1979) was found in contempt Aug. 1 in LaRue Circuit Court for failure to pay court costs. He was ordered to serve 179 days or pay $225. He was declared a fugitive and a bench warrant issued.
 
Conditional discharge
George Herrera received a conditionally discharged sentence for flagrant non-support Aug. 1 in LaRue Circuit Court.
 
Declared a fugitive
Joseph D. Caven (1979) failed to appear Aug. 1 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was declared a fugitive.
       
Failed to appear
Douglas R. Hert, 1983, failed to appear July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. A bench warrant was issued and bond set at $2,500 cash only.

Charge dismissed
A probation violation charge was dismissed July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court against Ronnie Rogers, 1956, due to the defendant being deceased.

Expungement requested
Kristopher Lee Riggs, 1978, requested July 18 that his records be expunged as charges of custodial interference were dismissed in November.

Guilty plea
Mychal Clairmont, 1990, pleaded guilty July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count each of assault, third degree,police officer; resisting arrest; and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to five years, three  years suspended, to serve two years. He was credited for five days served and fined $385.

Charges dismissed
Charges were dismissed against Mychal Clairmont, 1990, July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. They were third-degree burglary, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs under age 21, failure to illuminate head lamps and person 18-20 possessing, purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol.
 
Sentenced to five years
James Edmond “Homer” Joiner Jr., 1971, pleaded guilty July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count each of complicity, manufacturing methamphetamine; complicity, cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants; and complicity, use or buy drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to five years to run concurrently with another case. Final sentencing is Sept. 19. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.

Concurrent sentences
James Edward  “Homer” Joiner, 1971, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in controlled substance July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was sentenced to five years to run concurrently with another case. Final sentencing is Sept. 19. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.

Medical furlough extended
Medical furlough for Jimmy D. Murphy, 1969, was extended July 18. His next court appearance is Oct. 28. He is charged with first-degree assault on Officer Dennis Wells.

Final sentencing in reckless homicide case
Brian Christopher Smith, 1983, was sentenced to 60 months, suspended 52 months and probated five years, July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court, after being found guilty of reckless homicide and failure of non-owner to maintain insurance. He was fined $385 and must pay a supervisory fee of $500. He was credited for 111 days.
Smith was the driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision in November. One of Smith’s passengers, Kevin Delaney House, 37, of Elizabethtown, died from his injuries.

Furloughed until final sentencing
Althea Blan, 1969, pleaded guilty July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count each of complicity, manufacturing methamphetamine; complicity, trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine); complicity, unlawful possession of meth precursor; and complicity, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine); complicity, possession of marijuana; complicity, use or possession of drug paraphernalia; and complicity, use or possession of radio that receives police messages. Commonwealth Attorney recommended five years to be served concurrently and probated. Furloughed until final sentencing on Sept. 19. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.
 
Recommended 10-year sentence
Paul A. LaGrega, 1974, pleaded guilty July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count each of complicity, manufacturing methamphetamine; complicity, trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine); complicity, unlawful possession of meth precursor; and complicity, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine); complicity, possession of marijuana; complicity, use or possession of drug paraphernalia; and complicity, use or possession of radio that receives police messages. Commonwealth Attorney recommended 10 years. Furloughed until final sentencing on Sept. 19. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.

Case dismissed
The case against Jonathan Blan, 1992, was dismissed without prejudice July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and complicity and other charges. The charges could be reinstated at a later time.

Failed to appear
Glendon Earl Lee, 1977, failed to appear July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court.

In contempt
James K. Polston was ordered to serve 179 days or pay $549.96 July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was found in contempt and bench warrant will be issued if costs not paid.

Recommended six-year sentence
Paul E. Davis (1962) pleaded guilty July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court to two amended counts of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and complicity, possession of controlled substance. Recommended sentence is six years on amended counts and one year on the complicity charge to run concurrently for a total of six years. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered. Final sentencing is Oct. 3.

Recommended six-year sentence
Sheila A. Heath (1966) pleaded guilty July 29 in LaRue Circuit Court to one amended count of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and complicity of possession of controlled substance. Recommended sentence is six years on the amended charge and one year on the complicity charge for a total of six years on condition that all items seized in the investigation be forfeited. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered. Final sentencing is Oct. 3.