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COURT BRIEFS: May 2011

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Recommended five-year sentence
Christopher R. Logsdon, 35, of Hodgenville, pleaded guilty to one count of cultivating marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, possession of controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years on the first two counts and 12 months on the remaining charges for a total of five years. Pre-trial diversion is recommended with defendant to serve 120 days in jail. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.
Final sentencing is June 20.

Recommended sentence, five years
Adam Casey Simpson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court.
Simpson was accused of stabbing Douglas Ray Heath, 31, three times in the back with a kitchen knife during an early morning brawl in Buffalo in December.
The charge was amended to second-degree assault, a class C felony. The final sentencing is scheduled for June 20. If the plea is accepted, Simpson could serve five years.
The commonwealth attorney opposes probation.

Diverted sentence
Jessie M. Choate, 34, of Hodgenville Road, Mount Sherman, was awarded two-year pretrial diversion in Green Circuit Court for a charge of receiving stolen property under $10,000. He was ordered to pay $600 restitution and $205 in court costs and fees.

Flagrant Non-support
James Edward Floyd Jr. (1968) pleaded guilty to one count of flagrant non-support May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years to be enhanced to seven years upon a guilty plea to a charge of persistent felony offender. Commonwealth Attorney recommends pre-trial diversion. Defendant furloughed until final sentencing on June 20.
 
Flagrant Non-support
William Mitchell Harris (1967) received a conditionally discharged sentence after pleading guilty to flagrant non-support May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court.
 
Possession of controlled substance
Jeffrey D. Nadeau received a diverted sentence after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree possession of controlled substance May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. Final sentencing was conducted.
 
Moderate risk, bond amended
Bond for Joshua W. Parrett (1976) was amended to $9,500 cash or property May 16 after he was determined to be a moderate flight risk in LaRue Circuit Court. Parrett has been charged with receiving stolen property.
 
Diverted sentence
Richard Leon Potts (1960) received a diverted sentence during final sentencing May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. His original charges were first-degree possession of controlled substance, prescription not in original container and possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle. Court costs to be paid at $50 per month.
 
Probation revoked
Probation for Christina L. Sams (1978) was revoked May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. Sams violated terms of her probation, according to court records.
 
Guilty plea
Stephanie Brown (1981) pleaded guilty to five counts of failure to report change in order to receive benefits May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is three years to run concurrently for a total of three years. Pre-trial diversion is recommended. Final sentencing is June 20. Restitution hearing is July 18.
 
Guilty plea
Stephanie Brown (1981) pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree criminal abuse (child 12 or under) and four counts of fourth-degree assault - child abuse May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. She is accused of choking a child under age 12 and striking another child with a belt, leaving whelp marks on his back. Recommended sentence is three years and 12 months respectively to run concurrently for three years. Pre-trial diversion is recommended.
 
Promoting contraband
Jacobi A. Caven (1990) pleaded guilty to one count of promoting contraband and use or possession of drug paraphernalia May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is three years to run concurrently with a case in Green County. Charges of possession of methamphetamine and complicity and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity, were dismissed. Probation is recommended. Final sentencing is June 20.
 
Complicity, possession of controlled substance
Mark Alan Caven (1961) pleaded guilty to one count of complicity, possession of controlled substance and no or expired registration plates May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is three years and $50 fine. Three other charges were dismissed and probation is recommended. The sentence will run consecutively with a case in Green County. Final sentencing is June 20.
 
DUI
Nancy W. Ferrante (1963) of Campbellsville pleaded guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is two days to be conditionally discharged. Counts of tampering with physical evidence, possession of open alcoholic beverage container and failure to wear seatbelt were dismissed. Final sentencing was conducted.
 
Criminal mischief
Jamarquis Vandarren Handley (1983) pleaded guilty to an amended count of second-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree assault May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is 12 months on each count to run concurrently for a total of 12 months. Commonwealth Attorney recommends sentence be conditionally discharged. A count of persistent felony offender was dismissed. Final sentencing was conducted.
 
Assault
Rachel McConnell, 28, of Hodgenville, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree assault May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. The original charge was third-degree assault – police or probation officer. Recommended sentence is 30 days. Defendant had served out her sentence at time of final sentencing.
 
Bench warrant issued
A bench warrant was issued May 16 on Ricky L. Benningfield (1987) after he failed to appear in LaRue Circuit Court. Bond was set at $5,000 cash only. His original 2009 charge was assault under extreme emotional disturbance. He was given a diverted sentence and ordered to pay $6,552.40.

Assault
Mychal Clairmont (1990) pled guilty May 16 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count of third-degree assault, police or probation officer; disorderly conduct; and resisting arrest. Recommended sentence is five years, 12 months and 12 months respectively, with two years to be served and final three years to be probated. Final sentencing is July 18.