Whitesburg KY

Man who beat murder charge is indicted here for ‘importing heroin’

A Georgia man who was acquitted here in 2013 of murder has been indicted on a felony charge again in Letcher County, this time on counts of transporting and selling heroin.

The Letcher County Grand Jury indicted Alfred “New York” White, 50, of Jonesboro, Ga., on one charge of importing heroin and one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. White is one of two people indicted last week on heroin charges. The other is Jimmy Gilley Jr., 32, of Jeremiah. The two were arrested by Kentucky State Police after an anonymous tip.

White is accused of knowingly transporting “a quantity” of heroin into the state with intent to sell or distribute. He is also charged with knowingly trafficking two grams or more of heroin. Gilley is charged with one count each of importing heroin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, firstdegree promoting contraband, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of marijuana, and speeding 15 miles per hour over the limit; and two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Schedule IV drug).

White was charged in 2011 with the March 24, 2011, shooting death of Walter Johnson Jr. of Atlanta while the two were in doublewide trailer in the Premier Subdivision at Jenkins. White testified at the time that Johnson had brought crack cocaine to the county to sell, but denied that he had ever had possession of the drugs, and had not sold any drugs. He was acquitted of the murder charge in October 2013.

After his acquittal, White told The Mountain Eagle, “Using drugs is for losers and I knew it.”

While the charges involving White and Gilley Jr. are related, police officers involved in the arrests of the two men could not be reached for comment. The Mountain Eagle has learned, however, that White is accused of bringing a large number of single doses of heroin packaged in small glassine envelopes. White remained at large Tuesday night.

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

• Clarence Yeary, 39, of McPeeks Branch, Jenkins. Yeary is charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense, trafficking in less than eight ounces of marijuana first offense, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance prescription not in the original container, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Yeary was arrested February 13 after the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office went to his home on a tip. Yeary allegedly attempted to prevent Sgt. Alicia Congleton from arresting him, and was Tased. Yeary is charged in a separate indictment of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Congleton testified before the grand jury in the case.

• Michella A. Sandlin, 45, and Eddie Rocky Sandlin, 39, both of Pert Creek Road, Whitesburg. The Sandlins, who are married, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, and with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates testified in the case, which was opened after a truck in which the Sandlins had been riding crashed on Thornton Road after fleeing police at Ermine. Trooper Bates said shortly after the crash an active meth lab was found inside the truck.

• James Matthew McElroy, 31, of Millstone Road, Millstone. McElroy is charged with seconddegree assault, terroristic threatening, and harassment. The grand jury alleges that McElroy struck, shoved, kicked or otherwise subjected Leah McElroy to physical contact, threatened to commit a crime likely to cause her death or serious injury, and intentionally caused physical injury to her. The incident allegedly occurred on or about February 8. KSP Trooper Bates testified in the case.

• Justin Adams, 30, of Arthurs Loop, Jeremiah. Adams is charged with first-degree criminal abuse for allegedly intentionally abusing D.W., a child under 12, causing physical injury, torture, cruel confinement, or cruel punishment. The crimes allegedly occurred on or about March 9. KSP Detective Vicki Day testified in the case.

• Chrystal Vernay Davis, 33, of Flower Rd., Whitesburg. Davis is charged with theft by unlawful taking or distribution of a controlled substance, under $10,000, and theft of legend drugs, first offense, under $300. Davis is accused of stealing drugs from Rite Aid Pharmacy in Whitesburg on or about January 25. Whitesburg Police Officer Justin Hunsucker testified in the case.

• William Cole Bentley, 30, of Bentley Loop, Jenkins. Bentley is charged with theft by unlawful taking (pickpocketing) more than $500, but less than $10,000, and third-degree criminal mischief. Bentley is accused of stealing from Leslie Bentley and damaging or destroying the front windshield of her car on January 20. Leslie Bentley testified in the case.

• Ina M. Linville, 30, of Simon Lane, Redfox. Linville is charged with theft of identity of another without consent and theft by deception under $500. Linville is accused of obtaining property or services of another by deception while using the identifying information of another person. The incident allegedly occurred on January 25. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Jeremy S. Ritchie, 34, of Shadow Dr., Neon. Ritchie is charged with first-degree bail jumping and seconddegree persistent felony offender for allegedly intentionally failing to appear in court February 10 for a settlement conference in a 2015 felony case. Kristi Skeens, secretary to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, testified in the case.

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