Last updated: April 05. 2014 10:23AM - 855 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com



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A Harlan man was sentenced in Harlan Circuit Court by Judge Henry Johnson on Thursday for charges stemming from an incident during which he hit his mother with a stereo.


Ashton Britt, 21, of Harlan, was granted pre-trial diversion for two years on charges of second-degree assault and menacing.


According to a previous report, Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens arrested Britt after he and Officer Will Pope responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. Britt’s mother told police she had gotten into an argument with her son that escalated into Britt hitting her with a stereo.


Britt was located hiding under a ladder on the roof of Buttermore Apartments after the incident by Owens and Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Winston Yeary.


The incident occurred inside the apartment building.


Before passing sentence, Johnson mentioned Britt’s file contained an affidavit from the victim, Tina Britt, requesting the charges be dropped.


“The Commonwealth wouldn’t go that far,” stated Johnson.


Johnson followed the recommendation of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, amending the second-degree assault charge to third-degree assault and sentencing Britt to pre-trial diversion for two years with the stipulations that Ashton Britt attend anger management classes and enroll in college.


In other court activity:


* Jason Hatfield, 33, of Cumberland, was granted pre-trial diversion through drug court on two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Casey Pennington, 31, of Evarts, was granted three years pre-trial diversion probation on a charge of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Amanda Ray, 23, of Evarts, was granted two years pre-trial diversion probation through drug court on a charge of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Shantel Foley, 28, of Harlan, was granted pre-trial diversion probation through drug court for a period of three years on three counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Ronnie Penny, 28, of Evarts, was granted pre-trial diversion probation for two years on a charge of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Ronnie Penny Sr. was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of three years on three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.


Joe P. Asher can be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter @joe_hde.

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