Harlan Circuit Court saw the beginnings of a hearing on Thursday that could cost a Harlan man his probation and send him to prison.
Joshua Shanks, 35, of Evarts, appeared in Circuit Court Judge Kent Hendrickson’s courtroom to face the state’s motion to revoke his probation.
Shanks informed the court he had an attorney. However, Shank’s attorney, whose offices are in another town, was unable to make it to court.
Hendrickson advised that while the bulk of the hearing would be continued for another day, Probation and Parole Officer Tyler Prewitt would have to testify, because he was moving to a job with the Federal Office of Probation and Parole and would not be able to testify at a later date.
Hendrickson opened the hearing and Prewitt took the stand to give his report. Prewitt would not offer any testimony outside his report.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealths’ Attorney Jonathon Lee advised they would not ask any questions of Prewitt since Shanks’ attorney was not present.
Prewitt testified Shanks had committed multiple violations while on probation, including providing false information to a probation officer, associating with convicted felons, failing to attend required rehabilitation sessions, testing positive for drugs and other violations.
Prewitt recommended Shanks’ probation be revoked.
Hendrickson closed the hearing, which is set to continue on Nov. 13.
In other court activity:
• Angelina R. Greene, 24, of Kenvir, was sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking a controlled substance. She was granted probation on the sentence for a period of five years;
• Joe Gross, 23, of Evarts, was sentenced to two years in prison for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $150;
• Shannon Marlowe, 35, of LeJunior, was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree assault, wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. She was granted probation on the sentence for a period of five years;
• Wendy Osborne, 27, of Cumberland, was remanded into custody to serve out a three-year sentence due to probation revocation;
• Randall Cottrell, 28, of Evarts, was remanded into custody to serve a sentence of 10 years after his probation was revoked.
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