A Harlan man was ordered to begin serving a five-year prison sentence after his probation was revoked in Harlan Circuit Court on Thursday.
Mathew York, 39, appeared for sentencing in front of Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker and Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathon Lee were present representing the commonwealth.
According to the order revoking probation, York appeared in court with his attorney Will Seidelman on the commonwealth’s motion to revoke probation on July 7. A hearing was held, through which it was determined York had not complied with the terms of this probation.
The order states on Dec. 5, 2013, York entered a guilty plea to two counts each of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. He was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution totaling $250. York was granted probation on the sentence for a period of five years through drug court. The state filed the first motion to revoke probation on April 30, 2015 in response to a notice of violations and termination from drug court dated April 24, 2015. York was terminated from drug court for absconding from the program. A hearing was held, after which the court amended York’s probation ordering York into a rehab program at Belle Grove Springs in Morehead.
The order additionally states the commonwealth filed a second motion to revoke probation on Aug. 17 in response to a violation of supervision report by Probation and Parole Officer Adam Brock. Brock’s report stated York absconded probation supervision and failed to attend treatment for substance abuse at Belle Grove Springs. York was re-admitted into the Drug Court program on Jan. 27. On or about Feb. 25, an affidavit of violation was filed by Drug Court representative Sheila Luttrell stating York falsified his residency. A bench warrant was then issued by the court.
York’s probation was revoked on Thursday. He was ordered to begin serving a sentence totaling five years in prison.
In other court activity, Kathy Rice, 32, of Harlan, was scheduled to be sentenced on July 21 after the court granted a motion to set aside her pre-trial diversion on charges of first- and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
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