A Loyall man was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison in Harlan Circuit Court on multiple charges, including theft by deception and possession of a forged instrument.
Coy D. Bledsoe, 30, appeared in front of Harlan Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson with his attorney Will Seidelman on March 2 for sentencing. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathan Lee represented the state.
According to the final judgment order, Bledsoe entered a plea of guilty to multiple counts of theft by deception and criminal possession of a forged instrument on Jan 18.
The grand jury handed down a 20-count indictment against Bledsoe on Aug. 8, charging him with nine counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and 11 counts of theft by deception over $500.
The indictment states Bledsoe possessed multiple forged checks on separate occasions dating from Oct. 26, 2013 until Nov. 13, 2013. The indictment also states he cashed checks on multiple occasions knowing they would not be honored.
The indictment stemmed from Bledsoe’s 2013 arrest.
According to the arrest warrant obtained by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sergent, Bledsoe was in possession of ten forged checks written on the account of the First Church of God of Sunny Acres. He cashed the checks, receiving approximately $16,227.
Sergent presented evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.
Hendrickson sentenced Bledsoe to a total of 10 years in prison, with the sentence to run concurrent with sentences resulting from two additional indictments for flagrant non-support, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and persistent felony offender.
Bledsoe was additionally ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,450. He was remanded into custody to begin serving his sentence.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde