Last updated: March 20. 2014 4:37PM - 4622 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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A man found guilty by a jury on drug charges was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in Harlan Circuit Court.

RC Henry, 39, of Evarts, faced Harlan Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson to await sentencing. Henry was represented by his attorney, Laura Karem, of the Department of Public Advocacy.

Henry was found guilty following a one-day trial on Jan. 15 of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

According to a previous report, Kentucky State Police outfitted a cooperating witness with a recorder and $73 in cash. The cooperating witness then located Henry and drove him to a location in Baxter where Henry procured and sold the informant one Xanax and one oxycodone pill.

During his testimony at trial, Henry admitted selling Xanax to the informant but denied having sold oxycodone. Henry testified that he was told the informant was working for the police so he returned the informant’s money to him without explanation.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Davenport refuted Henry’s claim that he did not sell the informant oxycodone during her closing argument.

“I submit to you that what they’re asking you to believe doesn’t make sense,” Davenport told the jury. “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s probably not true.”

The jury found Henry guilty and recommended a total of five years in prison.

Before Henry’s sentence was handed down, Karem requested the court consider the possibility of probation.

Johnson turned down the request, opting to follow the jury’s recommendation.

“Imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public,” said Johnson, just before passing sentence.

Henry was sentenced to five years in prison and remanded into custody to begin serving his time.

In other court activity:

* Alta Marie Milwee, 37, of Baxter, was sentenced on two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance to five years in prison, probated, to be served following the completion of a seven-year sentence she is currently serving;

* Rodney G. Thacker, 23, of Evarts, was sentenced to one year in prison on a charge of receiving stolen property.

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

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