A Cumberland woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday in Harlan Circuit Court after she entered a guilty plea on charges including manufacturing methamphetamine.
Candy M. Ball, 30, appeared with her attorney Michael Lam in front of Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson for sentencing. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathan Lee were in court for the state.
Ball was arrested on May 29, 2015 along with two men by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Carlock.
According to the citations, police received a complaint the occupants of 17607 KY 522 were cooking methamphetamine. Carlock responded to the scene and when he arrived he detected the odor of ammonia. This odor is known to be associated with active meth labs. Carlock made contact with the two men and Ball inside the residence, and detected the odor of ammonia coming from a bedroom. Carlock visually checked the room for an active meth lab. He discovered one inactive meth lab, on active HCL generator, one glass measuring cup containing approximately 2 ounces of unknown clear liquid suspected to be meth oil and approximately 2 grams of a white substance. A field test of the substance was positive for methamphetamine. Also discovered were several small plastic bags commonly used to package meth for sale. A plastic baggy containing coffee filters with suspected meth residue were located inside the bedroom.
According to court documents, Ball entered a plea of guilty in Harlan Circuit Court on June 15 to charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, fourth-degree controlled substance endangering to a child, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree persistent felony offender.
Ball was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison, enhanced to 15 years due to the persistent felony offender conviction. She was additionally ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $600.15 to the Kentucky State Police.
In other court activity:
• Joshua Kennedy, 29, of Evarts, was sentenced on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse victim under 12 and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance to a total of eight years in prison. Kennedy must complete a sex offender treatment program before release, will be subject to five additional years conditional discharge once released and must be on the sex offender registry for 20 years;
• William Daniel Cox, 34, of Dayhoit, was ordered to begin a prison sentence of five years when his probation was revoked. Cox had been granted probation for tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, giving a peace officer a false name or address, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender;
• Johnny Blevins, 27, of Ages, was granted probation for a period of five years on an eight-year prison sentence for first-degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking under $500, disorderly conduct and second-degree persistent felony offender;
• Tonia G. Hill, 43, of Cumberland, was sentenced to a total of five years in prison for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine precursor, second- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Travis Napier, 22, of Evarts, was ordered to begin serving a prison sentence of one year for receiving stolen property over $500 after his probation was revoked.
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