Last updated: September 04. 2014 6:54PM - 2811 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com



Shannon Marlowe
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A woman who allegedly hit a man with a car in October was arraigned in Harlan Circuit Court on Thursday.


Shannon Marlowe, 34, of Lejunior, was arraigned on charges stemming from an alleged incident involving hitting T.J. Swanner with a car on Oct. 13.


Marlowe stood with her attorney, Will Seidelman of the Department of Public Advocacy, for arraignment in front of Judge Henry Johnson.


According to the citation, Evarts city police responded to a call of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. Police arrived on the scene to find Swanner on the ground. Witnesses claimed Marlowe had purposely struck Swanner with a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am.


The citation further states after Swanner was on the ground, Marlowe backed up and attempted to run over him, but another man pulled Swanner out of the way. Marlowe was arrested by Evarts Police Chief Lupe Blas.


A previous report states Marlowe was additionally charged with promoting contraband when she was allegedly found to be in possession of Suboxone strips and Xanax pills at the Harlan County Detention Center.


During the arraignment proceeding, Seidelman asked Johnson for Marlowe’s bond to be reduced. Johnson denied any change in bond, sending Marlowe back into custody to await her next court appearance.


Marlowe is charged with second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree promoting contraband, second and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.


Also in court on Thursday was Joshua Holden, who appeared for sentencing on two counts of second-degree trafficking of a controlled substance.


Johnson stated that Holden, who had not yet been sentenced, had already failed to live up to the terms of the deal offered by the state as he had been terminated from drug court. The state had recommended a sentence of two years in prison to be probated through drug court.


Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs said the state’s position under the circumstances would be for Holden to serve two years in prison.


Following some discussion, Holden’s plea of guilty was revoked and a trial date was set for Nov. 18.


In other court activity:


• Larry Pat Eldridge, 64, of Smith, was sentenced on charges of first and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance to four years in prison. Eldridge was granted probation for a period of four years. The probation is to be supervised;


• Todd Blair, 50, was sentenced to three years in prison on two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Blair was granted probation on the sentence for a period of five years, with the first year to be supervised;


• Brian Alan Owens, 43, of Harlan, was sentenced on three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance to a total of six years in prison. The sentence was probated for five years, with two years’ supervised;


• Robert Middleton, 23, was sentenced on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and third-degree criminal mischief to a total of three years in prison. The sentence was probated for three years, supervised. Middleton was additionally ordered to pay $900 restitution, acquire a GED diploma within one year, submit to random drug testing and attend at least one NA or AA meeting per week;


• David Michael Amburgey, 31, of Harlan, was sentenced on three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance to a total of six years in prison. Amburgey was granted five years supervised probation on the sentence.


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

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