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Grand jury charges six in beating at jail

21 are named in 26 new indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 26 indictments naming 21 people, including six men charged in the jail assault of Donald Lee Shepherd Jr. on November 9.

Robert Steve Hamilton Jr., 29, of 351 Crossover Road, Mayking; Jimmy Wayne Cook II, also known as “Scrappy,” 33, of 172 Ragweed Road, Whitesburg, and Cecil James Slone, 33, of 13215 Hwy. 588, P.O. Box 235, Blackey, are charged with first-degree assault. The grand jury says the men caused serious injury to Shepherd by beating him with their fists and stamping on him with their feet while he lay defenseless on the floor of his cell in the Letcher County Jail. Hamilton and Slone are also charged with being persistent felony offenders.

Also charged in the case are jail inmates Shiloh Cody Adams, 28, of 377 Black Bottom Road, Jeremiah; Tom Edward Blair, 40, of 159 Number 3 Hill, Jenkins, and Michael Wayne Hayes, 28, of 96 Number 3 Hill, Jenkins. They are each charged with complicity to assault and with being persistent felony offenders.

Letcher County Jailer Don McCall testified in the cases.

Michael Wayne Hayes is also under indictment on charges of driving a vehicle under the influence (second offense), no insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of wanton endangerment, no registration plates, no registration receipt, falsely reporting an accident, two counts of criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hayes was driving a vehicle which struck the rear end of an auto driven by John Johnson with Anna Johnson as a passenger on Oct. 31, causing the Johnson auto to crash into a residence owned by Timothy Kincer.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in that case.

Also named in indictments handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright are:

• Donald Lee Shepherd Jr. — driving a vehicle under the influence, reck- less driving, disregarding a traffic light, possession of a controlled substance not in its original container, promoting contraband and terroristic threatening..

Shepherd, 43, of 518 Charlie Cornett Road, Whitesburg, is charged with driving a vehicle on the wrong side of KY 15 on Nov. 7, and with failing to stop for a red light near Whitesburg. He is accused of having four doses of Neurotin, a Schedule IV controlled substance, in his pants pocket and with having additional doses of Neurotin found when he was booked into the Letcher County Jail. He is also charged with threatening to kill the arresting officer Alisha Congleton of the Whitesburg Police Department as she completed paperwork to lodge him in the jail.

Congleton testified in the case.

• James R. Smith — domestic violence and being a persistent felony offender.

Smith, 45, also known as Jimmy R. Smith, of 271 Allen Kaye Hollow, Isom (Little Colley), is charge with causing serious injury to Helen York by beating her with a cane and/ or metal crutch on Oct. 8.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Bert Slone testified in the case.

• Joshua D. Revels — theft of a firearm and theft by deception.

Revels, 29, of 44 Marlow Drive, Whitesburg, is accused of the theft of a Glock .45 caliber handgun belonging to Emmalene N. Holbrook on Sept. 27. He is also charged with selling the handgun to Bennett Banks and/or Karen Hall for $175 after assuring them in a written receipt he was the owner of the gun and that it was “not hot.”

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle testified in the case.

• Andrea Nichole Hampton — possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

The grand jury says Hampton, 30, of 108 Center Drive, Whitesburg, possessed the painkiller oxycodone, a controlled substance, and syringes, a spoon with blue powder residue, and a plastic cellophane container on July 26. She is also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Whitesburg Police Offi cer Alisha Congleton testifi ed in the case.

• Billy Gibson — possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and being a persistent felony offender.

Gibson, 24, of 91 Orange Drive, Whitesburg, who is a convicted felon, is charged with having a Glock .45 caliber handgun on Sept. 27.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle testified in the case.

• Christopher Leslie Stamper — possession of a forged instrument, complicity to theft by deception and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Stamper, 41, of 3392 Hwy. 160, Premium, paid a forged Community Trust Bank check on the closed account of John F. and Clayshan Black to Superior Drug of Whitesburg in the amount of $153 on Aug. 27.

In a separate indictment, Stamper is charged with possession of a forged instrument and being a persistent felony offender.

Stamper is charged with paying a forged Community Trust Bank check on the closed account of Larry Berry and Kimberly Berry to Superior Drug in the amount of $42.95 on Oct. 21.

• Curtis “Stony” Cornett Jr. — complicity to possession of a forged instrument, complicity to theft by deception and being a persistent felony offender.

Cornett, 45, of 37 Butterfl y Dr., Little Dry Fork, Whitesburg, is accused of acting with Christopher Stamper to defraud Superior Drug or Community Trust Bank with a forged check on the closed account of John F. and Clayshan Black in the amount of $153 on Aug. 27.

In a separate indictment, he is charged with complicity to possession of a forged instrument and being a persistent felony offender

The grand jury says he acted with Christopher Stamper in paying a forged Community Trust Back check for $ 42.95 on the closed account of Larry Berry and Kimberly Berry to Superior Drug on Oct. 21.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the cases against Stamper and Cornett.

• John David Simpson — assault, cultivating marijuana and tampering with evidence.

The grand jury charges Simpson, 29, of 414 Wynn Branch, Partridge, with injuring David Pendleton on May 21, and with cultivating five or more marijuana plants with the intent to sell. He is also accused of hiding the marijuana and several firearms.

Kentucky State Trooper Donald White testified in the case.

• David Dewayne Pendleton — assault and criminal mischief.

Pendleton, 43, of 387 Wynn Branch, Partridge, is charged with injuring John David Simpson on May 21. He is also accused of damaging a 1997 Model 300 Honda four-wheeler belonging to Simpson.

Kentucky State Trooper Donald White testified in the case.

• Michael Wayne Honeycutt — tampering with evidence and promoting contraband.

The grand jury charges Honeycutt, 37, of 5630 Thornton Road, Thornton, with destroying evidence on Aug. 31 that he believed could be used against him in an official proceeding. He is also accused of introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Brandy Michelle Mullins — four counts of assault on a corrections officer and being a persistent felony offender..

Mullins, 34, of 819 Ramey Fork Road, Cromona, is accused of assaulting Letcher County Deputy Jailers Brian Slone, John Bates, Donna Slone and Lisa King on Sept. 5 while she was an inmate in the jail.

Slone testified in the case.

• Kevin Little — burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Little, 34, of Box 277, McRoberts, entered the home of Tommy Collier at 46 Tom Biggs Rd., McRoberts, on Sept. 26 and took property worth $500 or more belonging to Collier. He is also charged with damaging the home by breaking windows and cutting the electrical cords to a water heater.

Collier testified in the case.

• Jessica E. Sweeney — complicity to promoting contraband.

Sweeney, 24, of 217 Fairview Lane, Neon, is accused of introducing Neurotin, a Schedule IV controlled substance, into the Letcher County Jail on Sept. 11.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Donna Slone testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, Sweeny is charged with bail jumping for failing to appear at Letcher District Court on Sept. 11 in connection with felony charges.

Letcher County Deputy Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in that case.

• Preston Halcomb Jr. — bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

Halcomb, 34, of 1995 Preston Road, Letcher, is charged with bail jumping for failing to appear for a hearing on felony charges in Letcher Circuit Court on Sept. 25.

In a separate indictment, Halcomb is accused of bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says he failed to appear for a hearing on felony charges in Letcher Circuit Court on Sept. 25.

Letcher County Deputy Circuit Clerk Wright testifi ed in the cases.

• Donovan H. Miller — bail jumping.

The grand jury accused Miller, 24, of 2181 Hwy. 1087, Leburn, with failing to appear at a hearing on felony charges in Letcher Circuit Court on Nov. 8.

Letcher County Deputy Circuit Clerk Wright and Kristi Skeens of the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney testified in the case.



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