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Six plead guilty in circuit court to drug-related charges



Six Letcher County residents have pleaded guilty recently to drug- related charges.

• Billy Wayne Wyatt, 26, of Neon, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third- degree possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright ordered Wyatt to be placed on probation under supervision of the Department of Corrections for five years. Wyatt is ordered to pay a supervision fee of $15 and a drug-testing fee of $10 each month, and court costs of $130.

The crimes were committed on March 27, 2010. Wyatt will receive 88 days jail credit.

• Shaunna Leigh Cook, 29, of 36 May Road, Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third- degree possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance in an improper container, possession of a police radio and possession of methamphetamine precursor, public intoxication, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia (second offense). The crimes occurred March 26, 2010.

Wright ordered Cook to be placed on supervised probation for five years. She must pay $130 in court costs, $15 each much for a supervision fee and $10 each month for the next 12 months for a drug testing fee.

As part of her probation, Cook must successfully complete a long-term courtapproved inpatient rehab within 14 days of the agreement and upon successful completion of rehab apply for the Letcher Circuit Drug Court. She must also testify against her co-defendants who possessed or used controlled substances and drug paraphernalia as named in indictments.

• Jarrod Ryan Adams, 31, of 249 Black Bottom Road, Jeremiah, pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence, public intoxication (second offense), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia (second or greater offense) and being a persistent felony offender.

Adams was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and he will receive 96 days jail credit.

• Andrew Wayne Niece, 39, of Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with suspended operator’s license due to driving under the influence (third offense), possession open alcoholic beverage, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and being a persistent felony offender.

Wright ordered Niece to be placed on supervised probation for five years in addition to serving 180 days home incarceration with work release. Niece must pay $130 in court costs, a $40 fine, $15 each month in supervision fees and $10 each month for drug testing fees.

Niece must also forfeit a 30-30 rifle found in his possession. He will receive 15 days jail credit.

• Alban Ryan Hill, 30, of 490 Sergent Road, Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to criminal complicity to trafficking marijuana. Judge Wright on placed Hill on supervised probation for two years on April 12. The crime was committed January 1, 2010.

Hill is ordered to pay $125 in restitution to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Offi ce for the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department. He also must pay $130 in court costs.

He must remain gainfully employed or be enrolled in continuing education.

• Andrew Eldridge, 24, of 606 Adams Branch, Jeremiah, recently pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal trespassing, public intoxication, operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a highway, operating an ATV without headgear, operating an ATV on private land without consent of landowner, failure to provide proof of insurance, no liability insurance, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license and tampering with physical evidence.

Wright ordered Eldridge to be placed on supervised probation for five years and serve 180 consecutive days in the county jail. He must pay $130 in court costs, $10 each month in drug testing fees and $15 each month in supervision fees. He must apply for Letcher Circuit Drug Court and successfully complete the program if accepted. He must refrain from consumption of drugs or alcohol.

Eldridge must remain gainfully employed or be enrolled as a fulltime student.

He must have no contact or communication with Michael Jeffrey Blair or members of Blair’s household, and must remain at least 500 feet away from Blair at all times.

Eldridge will receive 222 days credit for time served before his sentencing.



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