Last updated: August 08. 2014 5:40PM - 3466 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com



Cletus Robbins
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A man facing multiple charges stemming from an alleged shooting incident was arraigned Thursday in Harlan Circuit Court.


Cletus Robbins Jr., 58, of Harlan, appeared before Judge Henry Johnson for arraignment on charges including kidnapping with serious physical injury, first-degree robbery and attempted murder.


Attorney Michael Lamb stood in for Robbins’ attorney Linda West for the arraignment.


Robbins was arrested on May 11 by Kentucky State Police Trooper Danny Caudill.


According to the citation, Det. Craig Miller obtained an arrest warrant after Robbins restrained Benji Stout and shot him in the chest on May 2.


The citation states Robbins and other co-defendants then robbed Stout of $2,400 in cash. Robbins and the other co-defendants then made threats to kill Stout’s girlfriend’s entire family if anybody went to the police.


Previous reports state that two other men, Carl Eddy Collins, 50, of Harlan and Arbin Shepherd, 58, of Mary Alice, were also arrested in connection with the incident.


Robbins is charged with attempted murder, first-degree robbery, kidnapping with serious physical injury, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process.


Robbins next court date is a pre-trial conference set for Oct. 7.


In other court activity:


* Connie Jenkins, 56, of Gulston, was sentenced to five years in prison on a charge of second-degree criminal abuse;


* Lonnie Collins Jr., 39, of Baxter, was sentenced on a charge of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance to five years in prison, probated. The first two years of probation will be supervised;


* Daniel Cottrell, 34, of Evarts, was sentenced to eight years in prison on multiple counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Janice Collins, 20, of Harlan, was sentenced to five years in prison on four counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, three counts of trafficking in marijuana and trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school;


* William Whitehead, 31, of Cumberland, was sentenced on two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance to five years in prison, probated for five years;


* Michael Earls, 29, of Cawood, was sentenced to 12 months in jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Earls was granted five years probation on the sentence;


* Connie Ledford, 52, of Evarts was sentenced on a charge of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance to three years in prison, probated for three years. Ledford was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50.


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

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