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Facebook photos lead to indictments of two

Two Letcher County residents have been indicted on charges related to a home-invasion robbery at Deane more than a year ago.

Tracy (Tracie) Wells, 36, and Scott E. Kiser, 39, both of 93 Orange Drive at Camp Branch, were charged with receiving stolen property and other charges for alleged involvement in the theft of furniture and other items from the home of Chris Yonts. In addition, both were charged with intimidating a witness in the legal process. Kiser was also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks said this is the second case he is aware of in the past several months in which thieves staged home-invasion robberies of victims who had recently received court settlements. Yonts would not comment about his settlement, saying he was not supposed to talk about it.

Yonts told The Mountain Eagle he was sleeping on a new leather couch in July 2019 when someone entered his home and knocked him unconscious. When he awoke, the couch he was sleeping on, another leather couch, a washer and dryer set, a flat screen television, his dentures and an all-terrain vehicle were missing. Kentucky State Police later found the ATV totaled.

Yonts said a friend told him in February that Kiser had pictures of himself sitting on the couch on Facebook, and he confronted Wells and Kiser, who then allegedly met him at a gas station and threatened him to keep him quiet. The charges of intimidating a witness stem from that allegation.

The initial burglary is similar to an incident that occurred in January when Scott Day of Cowan was severely beaten and left for dead during a home-invasion robbery. Day had also been sleeping on his couch when he was hit with a hammer. Day lost one eye as a result of the assault.

Wells and Kiser are among 12 people named in the latest round of indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury. Others indicted and the charges against them are:

• James Alex Sturgill, 36, of 892 Bo Fork, Whitesburg, who is charged with license/registration plant not legible, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, less than two grams) and receiving stolen property.

The grand jury says Sturgill had a stolen pickup truck in his possession, and was operating the truck with an improper license tag taken from another vehicle.

Letcher Sheriff’s Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Anthony Wayne Creech, 43, of 398 Talent Branch, Cornettsville, who is charged with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more, third-degree burglary and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Creech is accused of taking a laptop and the keys to an automobile belonging to Stephen Holbrook.

Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Creech is charged with third-degree burglary and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. Creech is accused of entering the building at Isom owned by Shawn Gilley with intent to commit a crime.

Shawn Gilley testified in the case.

• Bobby Christopher Brock, 23, who is charged with-first-degree burglary, first- degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. fie grand jury says Brock entered a building at 11 Ginseng Road, Jenkins, armed with explosives or a deadly weapon and threatened Jenkins Police Chief Hunter Holbrook and a female with a knife. Brock is accused of starting afire or caused an explosion to destroy or damage a building on Libby Lane, Jenkins, belonging to Mike Woods and/or Daniel Woods Jenkins Police Chief Hunter Holbrook testified in the case.

• Robert Dean Bentley, 45, of 28 High Street, Whitesburg, an inmate in the Letcher County Jail, who is charged with third-degree assault of Letcher County Deputy Jailer Mikael Billiter, resisting arrest and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Lena Hensley testified in the case.

• Austin Jeremiah Sexton, 20, of 94 Edgewood Drive, Isom, who is charged with driving at 26 miles per hour above the speed limit, failure to wear seatbelt, first-degree-fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), no operator’s/moped license, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, no/ expired registration plate, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, reckless driving, third-degree possession of controlled substance, first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, careless driving and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Kentucky State Trooper Jarrett Fields testified in the case.

• Curtis Wayne Anderson, 72, also known as Curt Anderson, of 35 Lonesome Dove, McRoberts, who is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (first offense),first-degree wanton endangerment and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Seth Whitaker testified in the case.

• Brett Alan Wright, 35, of Hwy. 1410, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to report to Letcher Circuit Court and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Wright is charged with first degree bail jumping for failing to report to Letcher Circuit Court and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Lisa Slone of the Letcher Commonwealth Attorney’s Office testified in the cases.

• Jason Ray Ison, 36, of 212 Hancock Drive, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to report to Letcher Circuit Court and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Lisa Slone of the Letcher Commonwealth Attorney’s Office testified in the case.

• Sean Ihla, 32, of 79 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, and 51 Goldenrod Drive, Thornton, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Lisa Slone of the Letcher Commonwealth Attorney’s Office testified in the case.

• Sherri Lynn Hampton, 47, also known as Sherri Lynn Hubbard, Sherry Hampton and Sherry Hubbard, of Lancaster, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to report to Letcher Circuit Court and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Lisa Slone of the Letcher Commonwealth Attorney’s Office testified in the case.

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