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Inmates facing 130 counts after jail fire; among 11 indicted

Two Letcher County Jail inmates are named in felony indictments charging each of them with 129 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of third degree arson.

Michael Dylan Rayburn, 20, of Isom, and Joseph D. McLemore, 35, of Morehead, are two of 11 people named in indictments handed up last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The indictments were returned nearly two months after the two men were accused of intentionally setting a fire in a jail holding cell and endangering the lives of 129 other inmates and jail employees.

The charges were originally filed on July 23 after Rayburn and McLemore started a fire by placing metallic-like material into an electrical outlet. The grand jury says that in starting the fire, the two men acted “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life” when they “wantonly caused destruction or damage to the Letcher County Jail by intentionally starting a fire” and engaged in conduct “which created substantial danger of death or serious physical injury” to the inmates and employees.

Others named in the indictments returned by the grand jury last week are:

• Keith Rogers, 38, of 119 Main Street Loop, Blackey, is charged with criminal conspiracy to theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but under $10,000) and with being a persistent felony offender. He is accused of acting with Mark D. Adams to take property belonging to Ada Rogers.

• Mark Dwayne Adams, 43, of 674 Hwy. 7, Isom, is charged with criminal conspiracy to theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but under $10,000). He is accused of acting with Keith Rogers to take property belonging to Ada Rogers.

• James Little, 50, also known as James Orlin Little, of 12493 Elkhorn Creek Rd., Shelby Gap, is charged with second-degree assault. The grand jury says he caused serious physical injury to Tina Little with a cane.

• Tina Little, 34, of 12493 Elkhorn Creek Rd., Shelby Gap, is accused of endangering the welfare of a minor and tampering with physical evidence. She is charged with failing to exercise reasonable diligence in the control of her children, and with tampering with evidence which she believed was about to be used in an official proceeding.

• Kevin Wayne Quillen, 42, of 858 Hwy. 317, Deane, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/ possess drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence. Quillen is accused of trafficking two grams or more of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence he believed was about to be used in an official proceeding.

• Caleb Davis, 26, of 11590 Hwy. 588, Whitesburg, is charged with first degree promoting contraband. He is accused of bringing a razor blade into the Letcher County Jail.

• Bobbie Nicole Stamper, 35, of 1444 Hwy. 1862, Thornton, is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine).

Four people are also charged with first-degree bail jumping.

Steven D. Dotson, 44, of 327 Walters Branch, Isom, is accused in two separate indictments of failing to appear at pre-trial conferences in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

Kelly Holbrook, 33, of 96 Landon Drive, Jeremiah, and Jake Lucas, 31, of 170 Bill Cornett Rd., Whitesburg, are each accused of failing to appear at pre-trial conferences in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

James Elkins, 38, of 169 Chip Drive, Thornton, is accused of failing to appear for a bond revocation hearing.

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