Whitesburg KY

Six are sentenced after entering pleas of guilty

Charges related to methamphetamine and fleeing from police dominated guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court.

• Jeffrey Jay Sturgill, 119 Little Biggs Rd., McRoberts, pleaded guilty last week to first-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine, second-degree possession of buprenorphine, use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, and first-degree bail jumping.

Sturgill was sentenced to serve three years probated for five years on the drug charges and two years probated for five years on the bail-jumping charge, to run consecutive to the sentence on the drug charges. For practical purposes that means he will serve 10 years on supervised release, unless he violates conditions of release, in which case he will have to go to prison to begin serving an eightyear sentence.

•Thomas Edward Bates, 54, of 517 Millstone Rd., Millstone, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (second offense within 10 years), refusal to submit to chemical testing, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license.

Bates was sentenced to three years on the drug charge, 365 days in the county jail for the drug paraphernalia charge and another 90 days for driving on a suspended or revoked license, and 30 days for driving under the influence. The sentences run concurrently, so his sentence actually totals three years.That sentence was probated for five years of supervision and he was ordered released.

• Natosha Renee Adams, 35, Ermine, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and first-degree bail jumping. She was sentenced to one and a half years in prison on the drug charge, 365 days in the county jail on the drug paraphernalia charge and one year on the bail jumping. Her total sentence will be two and a half years.

• Cameron Lee Riley, 21, of 92 JD Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree fleeing and evading police (on foot), reckless driving, careless driving, failure of owner to maintain insurance, improper signal, disregarding stop signs, failure to register transfer of a motor vehicle, speeding 15 miles per hour over the limit, first-degree wanton endangerment, criminal littering, failing to yield right of way, first-degree criminal mischief, failure to wear seat belt, vehicle a nuisance, no or expired registration plates, no or expired registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card. Riley was fined $560 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, probated to 5 years supervised release.

• Mark Can Bentley, 38, of 300 Ice Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree fleeing and evading police, second-degree fleeing and evading police, driving on a suspended or revoked license, failure to notify Department of Transportation of an address change and failure to maintain insurance. Nine related violations and charges were dismissed. Bentley was sentenced to 90 days on three of the charges, 365 days on the second-degree fleeing and evading charge, and two years on the first-degree fleeing and evading charge.The sentences are to run concurrently with each other for a total of two years, but consecutive to a sentence received in a different indictment.

• Billy R. Adams, 30, 2119 Golf Course Lane, Mayking, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and first-degree bail jumping. Two charges of being a first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed. Adams was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary and two for theft, which will run concurrently. He was also sentenced to two years for bail jumping, which will run consecutive to the other charges for a total of seven years.

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