Probation revocations


3 fail to follow requirements, jailed

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Jessica Powell


Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 26th Judicial Circuit, S. Parker Boggs, announces the following activities that occurred recently in Harlan Circuit Court:

Jessica Powell, 34, of Lynch, had her probation revoked on Jan. 26 after failing to abide by the conditions of her supervision. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathon C. Lee filed the motion to revoke Powell’s probation and represented the Commonwealth at the hearing. The court was presented with information and evidence concerning multiple violations committed by Powell while on probation as well as Powell’s failure to complete drug rehabilitation treatment. Lee called Probation and Parole Officer Zachary Goins to the stand as the Commonwealth’s chief witness. Goins testified that Powell had willfully concealed herself from supervision for nearly nine and a half months.

Goins further testified that Powell had failed to attend her intake appointment with the Intensive Outpatient Program. At the conclusion of the hearing the court, at the request of Lee, revoked Powell’s probation and ordered that she be remanded to the Department of Corrections to begin serving her two-year sentence.

Terry Ingram, 32, of Cumberland, had his pretrial diversion voided on Jan. 26 after failing to abide by the conditions of his supervision. Lee filed the motion to void Ingram’s pretrial diversion and represented the Commonwealth at the hearing. The court was presented with information and evidence concerning Ingram’s willful failure to complete substance abuse treatment and of his attempts to conceal his whereabouts from his probation officer for an extended period of time. Ingram, with the advice of counsel, stipulated to the fact that he had violated the terms and conditions of his pretrial diversion. The court, at the request of Lee, voided Ingram’s pretrial diversion. Ingram is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 3.

Coy D. Bledsoe, 29, of Baxter, had his probation revoked on Jan. 28 after failing to abide by the conditions of his supervision. Lee filed the motion to revoke Bledsoe’s probation and represented the Commonwealth at the hearing. The court was presented with information and evidence concerning Bledsoe’s attempt to change his address without approval of a probation officer, a failure to make restitution, a failure to report to his probation officer, a new arrest, the use of a controlled substance while on probation, and his attempt to conceal himself from his probation officer for an extended period of time. Bledsoe, with the advice of counsel, stipulated to the fact that he had violated the terms and conditions of his probation. The court, at the request of Lee, revoked Bledsoe’s probation and remanded him to the custody of the Department of Corrections to begin serving his five-year prison sentence.

In other court activity:

* James Merle Dean, 29, of Harlan, was sentenced to serve five years in prison along with mandatory registration on the sex offender registry for 20 years for crimes against the Commonwealth. This resolution was reached through the criminal mediation process and was agreed to by the victim.

* Sarah D. Lee, 34, of Lynch, was scheduled to be sentenced on charges of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (cocaine), second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender, prohibited acts related to controlled substances; and first-degree trafficking a controlled substance on Jan. 27. The Commonwealth, through Boggs and Lee, objected to the defendant’s request for another continuance to extend her release by completing a voluntary drug rehabilitation program not offered as a part of the Commonwealth’s offer on a plea of guilty. The defendant was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 7 as a result of plea negotiations. Defendant was then scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27 as a result of failing to appear at the Jan. 7 sentencing date. The court overruled the Commonwealth’s objection and set the defendant’s sentencing date on April 21.

* Erica Ellen Jenkins, 20, of Big Laurel, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for crimes against the Commonwealth.

* Chase Brenton Pennington, 20, of Lynch, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As part of the Commonwealth’s offer on a plea of guilty, the defendant shall serve five years in prison.

* Timothy Hughes, 27, of Evarts, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking over $500, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. As part of the Commonwealth’s offer on a plea of guilty, the defendant shall serve 12 years in in the penitentiary and pay restitution in full after his release from the penitentiary. Sentencing in the matter is set for Feb. 18.

Boggs requested a bench warrant for the arrest of the following Defendants for failing to appear at a scheduled court proceeding: Harvey Napier, Vernon Pace, Roger Asher and Ricky Hobbs.

Jessica Powell
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