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Seven sentenced after entering guilty pleas



Six men and one woman entered guilty pleas recently in Letcher Circuit Court and were sentenced by Circuit Judge Sam Wright.

John Curtis Maggard, 24, of 9392 Highway 119, Eolia pleaded guilty to complicity to theft by deception (less than $500) and second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

From May 19 to Sept. 24, 2010 Maggard obtained cash and gasoline vouchers from the staff, volunteers and participants of the Letcher Circuit

Drug Court by pretending that he had cancer and was undergoing expensive treatment. Maggard also had a forged letter purporting to be from Beth Brown of the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center outlining his ongoing cancer treatment.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright sentenced Maggard on May 16 to two years in prison. Maggard is ordered to pay $400 to the Letcher Circuit Clerk for Letcher Circuit Drug Court.

David D. Mullins, 41, of 16901 Highway 160, Linefork, pleaded guilty to firstdegree criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking (less than $500).

Mullins broke into a building at Linefork and stole a welder belonging to David Ingram Sr. last July. Mullins was placed on supervised probation for two years.

As part of the agreement, Mullins is ordered to not have contact with Brenda Ingram or David Ingram Jr. and must remain at least 500 feet away from the Ingrams and their property.

Mullins must perform 100 hours of community service as well as serve seven days in the county jail or 14 days home incarceration. He will receive three days jail credit from time already served.

Kerns Allen Collins, 52, of 79 Heartbreak Ridge, Isom, pleaded guilty to seconddegree criminal trespassing, second-degree cruelty to animals and second-degree criminal mischief. Wright on May 16 ordered Collins to be placed on supervised probation for two years.

The grand jury said Collins entered a pasture belonging to Glen Sizemore and family at Heartbreak Ridge last July, where he injured a horse by chasing and roping it, causing it to asphyxiate.

As part of the agreement, Collins must pay $1,200 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office for Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sizemore. The sheriff ’s department may inspect any livestock, in particular horses, owned or in possession of Collins during his probation to assure their proper care.

Eddie Wayne Howard, 52, of 553 Chopping Branch, McRoberts, was sentenced to two years supervised probation on May 16 after pleading guilty to complicity to trespassing, complicity to theft by unlawful taking (less than $500) and complicity to third-degree criminal mischief.

Howard took a new washer and dryer combination belonging to Rebecca Baker of 626 Chopping Branch, McRoberts on Oct. 7, 2009. He is also charged with breaking one or more windows in Baker’s mobile home.

Howard must pay $550 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office for Baker. As part of the agreement, he cannot have contact with Baker or her family and must stay at least 500 feet away her property.

Sheena Adams, 23, of 5436 Kentucky Highway 7 South, Letcher, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking (less than $500). She was accused of stealing $800 from Robert Myers on May 14, 2009.

Adams was placed on supervised probation for two years and must pay $800 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office for Myers. She cannot have contact with Myers or his residence and must stay at least 500 feet away from him.

James Michael Cornett, 49, of Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to flagrant nonsupport. Cornett is to be placed on five years probation under the supervision of the Probation and Parole and the Division of Child Support.

Jeffery “ Jeff ” Sumner, 42, of 525 Stamper Branch, Isom, pleaded guilty to firstdegree trafficking in a controlled substance. Sumner trafficked in the painkiller oxycodone on Nov. 25, 2009.

Sumner was sentenced to one year in prison and will be placed on five years probation once he serves his prison sentence. He must also pay $1,300 in restitution to the Letcher Clerk’s Office for Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard.



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