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Man who posed as DEA officer enters plea here

A Letcher County man who posed as a federal Drug Enforcement Agency officer while committing a burglary near Colson has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to supervised probation for two years.

Kelvin Eric Sexton, 28, of 346 Highway 1410, Whitesburg, pleaded guilty recently to first-degree criminal trespassing, second-degree wanton endangerment and impersonating a public servant.

Sexton, who was also ordered by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright to pay $130 in court costs and a $500 fine, pretended to be a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer and a Hazard Police Department detective when he burglarized the home of Jimmy and Jessica Branson at 217 Buck Creek at Colson on Dec. 25, 2010 while armed with a shotgun.

As part of his order of probation, Sexton must refrain from “consuming alcoholic beverages or any other substance including prescription medications that will in any manner impair him.” He will submit to at least three random drug screens each week as well as remain gainfully employed on a fulltime basis, be enrolled as a fulltime student or perform 40 hours of community service each week. He cannot possess or have access to firearms.

Sexton cannot have communication with members of the Branson family and must remain at least 500 feet away from the Bransons and their property.

Sexton agreed to forfeit the firearm used in the crime to Kentucky State Police for disposal.

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