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Copper thieves get probation



Six people were sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court recently, including two men who were placed on supervised probation after pleading guilty to stealing copper telephone wire belonging to AT&T.

Guilty pleas resulted in two other defendants also being placed on supervised probation and two sentenced to time in jail.

• Cecil James Slone, 32, of Blackey, and Bobby Shane Sexton, 31, of 151 Crases Branch, Letcher, were sentenced to supervised probation for five years after they pleaded guilty to engaging in organized crime in connection with the theft of copper from AT&T in December 2011. Sexton and Slone must pay supervision fees and $130 in court costs.

Slone spent 246 days in custody prior to sentencing. Sexton spent one day in jail. Each has been ordered to pay $11,817 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office for AT&T. Sexton must pay $75 a month and Slone is to pay $100 a month.

• Reginald Carter, 39, of 1093 Highway 343, Neon, or Henry Hutton Drive, Neon, pleaded guilty October 9 to complicity to thirddegree burglary, criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking (over $500) and second-degree being a persistent felony offender and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Carter took a toolbox from a pickup belonging to Johnny Fitzpatrick, which was parked at Fitzpatrick’s home at 501 Henry Hutton Drive on July 21, 2011. Carter took other items including a garden hose, a 3/4-inch Craftsman driver set, a 1/2-inch Craftsman driver set, a Weed Eater and 50 or more compact discs.

Carter was ordered to pay $800 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office for Fitzpatrick as well as $130 in court costs and a monthly supervision fee of $10. Carter will receive credit for 32 days he served in jail after his initial arrest.

• Byron Ellis Bentley, 33, of 124 Brickyard Hill, Jenkins, was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty on October 9 to second-degree escape and second-degree being a persistent felony offender.

In a separate case, Bentley pleaded guilty to kidnapping, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence minor injury) and second-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment to run consecutive to the other sentence.

Bentley escaped from custody July 7 after he was able to open an elevator in the Letcher County Courthouse while riding with six other inmates and a deputy jailer. The inmates were being transported from a rooftop recreation area to the county jail in the basement of the courthouse. Bentley was also charged with restraining Dreama K. Maggard and injuring her and damaging her automobile on March 30.

• Jennifer Cantrell, 28, of 492 Henry Hutton Road, Neon, was placed on supervised probation for five years after she admitted to stealing a riding lawnmower from a barn in Deane. She pleaded guilty to complicity to third-degree burglary, complicity to theft by unlawful taking, complicity to second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Cantrell has been ordered to pay $75 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office for Emogene Bentley. She was also ordered to pay $130 in court costs and supervision fees and to remain 500 feet away from Bentley. Cantrell must complete 120 hours of community service. She spent one day in jail prior to sentencing.

• Johnny Austin Jenkins, 32, of 13071 Highway 119 South, Partridge, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and first-degree criminal mischief.

Jenkins, also known as Johnnie Jenkins and Austin Jenkins, burglarized Clas Coal at 1230 Highway 3404, Partridge, on August 8, 2010 and took copper wiring and other property in addition to damaging mining equipment belonging to the company.

Jenkins was ordered to serve 90 days in jail for second-degree criminal mischief, five years in prison for third-degree burglary, five years for theft by unlawful taking and five years for first-degree criminal mischief. The trespassing and burglary charges run consecutive to the theft and criminal mischief charges.

Jenkins was also ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office to benefit Clas Coal. He spent 204 days in the county jail before he was sentenced.



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