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17 are sentenced here after pleading guilty



Seventeen criminal defendants were sentenced by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright after pleading guilty to a variety of felony charges.

Jeremy Shane Ritchie, 29, of 772 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges filed after he caused a traffic accident at Ermine last Feb. 25 when he pulled his car out in front of cattle truck on US 119.

Ritchie told police he had just pulled out from an intersection and fell asleep while driving north and did not remember the accident until he was getting out of his vehicle and saw the other vehicles involved.

A Kentucky State Police report said Thomas B. Cline, 42, of Wytheville, Va., was driving south when Ritchie suddenly drove across centerline directly toward him. Cline said he swerved onto a shoulder to avoid being hit head-on, but Ritchie struck the cattle trailer Cline was pulling, causing Cline to lose control and hit Lorine Stambaugh, 40, of 230 Chopping Branch, McRoberts, who was stopped while waiting to pull onto the road.

Rhonda Johnson, 30, of 588 Brushy Fork Road, Jenkins, told police she was driving south on US 119 and was directly behind Cline when Ritchie crossed the centerline and struck Cline. Johnson said that when Cline’s vehicle was hit, it ripped the rear tires from the cattle trailer and caused one of them to strike her vehicle, after which she swerved onto the shoulder to avoid being hit by Ritchie. Johnson said she lost control of her vehicle and slid into the parking lot of the Blair Business Mall at Ermine, where she hit a parked sports utility vehicle owned by Billy and Julie Rose, of 365 Golf Course Lane, Whitesburg. Julie Rose owns Mountain Medical Equipment Inc., which is located in the Blair Mall.

Ritchie pleaded guilty to 21 counts to include operating a motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs (second offense), operating a motor vehicle on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, failure to produce proof of automobile liability insurance card, failure non owner operator maintain auto liability insurance, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, five counts of fourth-degree assault, three counts of firstdegree criminal mischief, second- degree assault, second- degree criminal mischief, second-degree felony offender.

In a separate case, Ritchie also pleaded guilty to complicity to obtaining or attempting to obtain controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. That crime was committed Dec. 20, 2010. Ritchie received 295 days jail credit.

• Jerry Hall, 43, of, P.O. Box 561, Neon, was placed on supervised probation for three years after pleading guilty to second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The offense was committed March 1, 2011. In addition to $130 in court costs, Hall is ordered to pay $15 each month for supervision fee and $10 each month for drug testing fees. Hall is ordered to pay $150 in restitution to the Kentucky State Police.

• Mary Ruth Morris, 41, of 6 Belaire Drive, Jenkins, pleaded guilty to theft of deception (more that $300), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Morris was placed on supervised probation for five years and ordered to pay $2,560.27 in restitution to Cato’s at a rate of $75 per month. She was also ordered to pay $130 in court costs, $10 a month in drug testing fees and $15 a month in supervision fees.

• Michael Ray Sergent, 35, of 170 Delta Drive, Partridge, was placed on five years probation after pleading guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Sergent is ordered to pay $170 in restitution to Operation UNITE at a rate of $50 each month. He is also ordered to pay court costs, supervision fees and drug testing fees.

• Desiree Frye, 23, of 12 Camelot Circle, Burdine, was placed on supervised probation for five years after pleading guilty to flagrant nonsupport. She owed $6,749.85 in child support from May 1, 2008 through June 29, 2011.

• Jonathan Fox, 30, of 140 Spirit Drive, Jackhorn, was placed on supervised probation for five years after pleading guilty to flagrant nonsupport. He owes $27,706 in child support from April 17, 2000 through June 29, 2011.

• Roy Eldridge, 21, of 330 Adams Branch Road, Jeremiah, was placed on two years’ supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to flagrant nonsupport. Eldridge owed $2,386 from 2005 to April 5, 2011 in child support. He was also ordered to pay court costs of $130.

• Larry Wayne Bentley, 34, of Cromona, was placed on supervised probation for five years after pleading guilty to complicity unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to possess drug paraphernalia and seconddegree persistent felony offender.

Bentley also pleaded guilty to two charges of traffi cking in more than eight ounces of marijuana (two counts) and was ordered to pay $130 in court costs, $15 a month in supervision fees and $10 a month for 12 months in drug testing fees.

• Samantha Justice, 26, of Mountain Breeze Apartments, Jenkins, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension and was placed on unsupervised probation for two years. She is ordered to pay $130 in court costs. She received four days of jail credit for time served prior to sentencing.

• Jeffrey Sexton, 47, of 669 Morgan Lane, Jackhorn, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts of seconddegree persistent felony offender was sentenced to five years’ supervised probation. Sexton was ordered to serve 180 days electronically monitored home incarceration and ordered to pay standard court costs, drug testing fees and supervision fees.

• Bobbi Stamper, 29, of 740 Lakeside Drive, Jenkins, was placed on supervised probation for five years after pleading guilty to complicity to theft by deception of more than $500. In addition to paying standard court, drug testing and supervision fees, Stamper was ordered to pay $5,558.40 in restitution to Baker Scrap Metal at a rate of $ 50 a month. Stamper was also ordered to have no contact with Randall Baker of Baker Scrap Metal and to remain at least 500 feet away from him. He received 10 days’ credit for time served in jail before he was sentenced.

• Jason Lee Polly, 30, address not listed, was placed on supervised probation for five years in addition to serving 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to complicity to theft by deception of more than $500 and seconddegree persistent felony offender. Polly was also ordered to pay $5,558.40 in restitution to Baker Scrap Metal and to have no contact with Randall Baker of Baker Scrap Metal and remain at least 500 feet away from him. Polly received 23 days’ credit for time served in jail before he was sentenced.

• Mike Taylor, 40, of Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to complicity to trafficking in marijuana less than eight ounces and was placed on supervised probation for 356 days. In addition to paying standard court, drug testing and supervision fees, Taylor has been ordered to pay $600 in restitution to Kentucky State Police at a rate of $50 each month.

• Harold Meade, 71, of 2965 Highway 317, Jackhorn, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to four counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Meade was also ordered to surrender cash totaling $1,663 and forfeit two firearms to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

• Claude Meade, Jackhorn, 62, was placed on supervised probation for three years after he pleaded guilty to two counts of seconddegree trafficking in a controlled substance. Meade was also ordered to pay $140 in restitution to Kentucky State Police as well as court costs drug testing fees and supervision fees.

• Stephen Hall, 46, of Neon, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and was placed on supervised probation for three years. Hall has been ordered to pay $130 in restitution to the Kentucky State Police. He has also been ordered to pay court costs, supervision fees and drug testing fees.

• Mark Mckellen Lucas, 40, of 38 Fall Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to bribe a witness and was placed on supervised probation for two years.

As part of the agreement Lucas is to not have contact with Vickie Lucas, her minor children and other members of her household.



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