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5 face ‘organized crime’ charges after assaulting fellow county jail inmate

Five Letcher County Jail inmates have been named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury charging them with engaging in organized crime.

The five — Derek Monroe Smith, Dalton Sturgill, Eddie Ryan Profitt Jr., Roger Lee Miles Sr., and Roger Alan Miles Jr. — are accused of criminal complicity to intimidate a participant in the legal process, Benjamin Franklin Caudill, by use of physical force or a threat.

The charges stem from an assault that Jailer Bert Slone says was obviously pre-planned because all five attacked another prisoner, Benjamin Franklin Caudill, at the same time without provocation. Caudill had been arrested on a driving under the influence charge.

“They thought he was a rat and they jumped him,” Slone said.

He said to his knowledge, the man was not an informant.

The inmates and the charges in the indictments are:

• Dalton Sturgill, 23, of 4 Blossom Drive, Millstone, who is charged in one indictment with engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, criminal complicity to intimidating a participant in the legal process, fourth-degree criminal complicity to assault – minor injury, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Sturgill is charged with third-degree assault on a corrections official, Deputy Jailer James Ison, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Eddie Ryan Profitt Jr., 44, of 339 Cane Hollow, Whitesburg, who is charged with engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, criminal complicity to intimidating a participant in the legal process, and fourth-degree criminal complicity to assault – minor injury.

•Derek Monroe Smith, 36, also known as White Chine, address unknown, who is charged in one indictment with engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, criminal complicity to intimidating a participant in the legal process, fourth-degree criminal complicity to assault – minor injury, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Smith is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs (second offense), first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin, second offense), operating a motor vehicle on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, no/expired registration receipt, no/expired registration plate, failure owner/operator to maintain liability insurance (second offense), failure to provide proof of insurance, improper display of registration plate, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Roger Lee Miles Sr., 50, of 395 Sergent Loop, Thornton, is charged in one indictment with engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, criminal complicity to intimidating a participant in the legal process, fourth-degree criminal complicity to assault – minor injury, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Miles is charged with two counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Miles is charged in a third indictment with criminal complicity with Roger Alan Miles Jr., to acquire property from income from trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of criminal complicity with Roger Alan Miles, Jr., to receiving stolen property — one count naming stolen coins and jewelry and one count naming stolen AR-15 rifles and/or other firearms, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Roger Alan Miles Jr., 28, of 395 Sergent Loop, Thornton, who is charged with engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, criminal complicity to intimidating a participant in the legal process, fourth-degree criminal complicity to assault – minor injury, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Miles is charged with two counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon, a 12-gauge Mossberg “Camo” shotgun and a semi-automatic Errasti pistol.

A third indictment charges Miles with criminal complicity with Roger Lee Miles, Sr., to acquire property from income from trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of criminal complicity with Roger Lee Miles, Sr., to receiving stolen property — one count naming stolen coins and jewelry and one count naming stolen AR-15 rifles and/or other firearms, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

In a fourth indictment, Miles is charged with resisting arrest, menacing, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with firearm enhancement, possession of burglary tools, criminal possession of legend drug with firearm enhancement, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property valued at $500 or more, and receiving stolen property (firearm).

In a fifth indictment, Miles is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

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