In accordance with a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Lloyd D. Simpson had pleaded guilty on April 16 to two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Judge Ron Johnson sentenced Simpson to five years in prison on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently for a total of five years.
Simpson was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.
Johnson granted probation in the case, citing that Simpson had no prior record, had served 11 days in jail and 143 days of home incarceration and had several health problems.
Johnson ordered that the probation be for a period of five years, with the first year to be supervised. During the supervised period, Simpson will be subject to random drug tests at his own expense, he must obey an 11 p.m. curfew, pay a $25 per month supervision fee and obey all laws and the rules and regulations imposed by the probation and parole office.
Johnson said he was reluctant to grant probation, but warned Simpson to follow the terms of probation strictly.
"Mr. Simpson, you step out of line the least bit, and you'll go in for five years," Johnson warned.
Franciscia Adams, 36, was also sentenced to five years in prison in Friday's court proceedings.
Adams pleaded guilty to second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
In accordance with a plea agreement between Adams and the commonwealth, Johnson sentenced Adams to one year in prison on the first charge, 30 days in jail on the second charge, one year in prison on the third charge and five years in prison on the fourth charge, with the sentences to run concurrently for a total of five years in prison.
"Miss Adams you need to understand you're not a pharmacist and you're not a doctor," Johnson said. "Your friends are not pharmacists and doctors."
Johnson denied probation in the matter, but added that he would consider shock probation after 60 days.
"I think you still need to know what's in store for you if you mess up," he explained.
In other action:
n the court revoked the probation of Winston Bynum, 24. A warrant was issued for him for absconding probation;
n the court granted shock probation for Gary Cornett, 50. The probation will be for five years, with the first year to be supervised. Under the conditions of the probation, he must obey an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, stay away from known felons and obey conditions set by probation and parole;
n Michael B. Goodie, 20, was sentenced to one year in prison for first-degree possession of a controlled substance and 30 days in jail for possession of drug paraphernalia, with the sentences to run concurrently for a total of one year in prison. The sentence was pretrial diverted through the drug court program for a period of two years or until he completes the drug court program, whichever is the longest.
n Laura L. Harris, 36, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance. The commonwealth recommended a five-year sentence in exchange for the guilty plea and recommended the sentence be pretrial diverted through drug court. Formal sentencing is set for July 9.
n the court revoked the bond of Marcque D. Cunningham, 33.
n Terry C. Green pleaded not guilty to trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school, two counts of transferring a simulated controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia;
n the court sentenced Tracy J. Kelly to one year in prison for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, to be probated for five years;
n April Saylor, 22, pleaded not guilty to trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school;
n the court sentenced Gregory Stevens, 28, to one year in prison for third-degree burglary;
n the court increased Larry Thomas' bond to $150,000 full cash. The clerk was ordered to file first-degree bail jumping charges against Thomas, 25;
n Edgar White was found to be in contempt of his pretrial diversion. The court said he will be allowed to complete his test at Southeast, then he will be brought back to the Harlan County Detention Center to await transport to prison;
n the court granted Ken Morgan, 30, shock probation. The probation will be for a period of three years, with the first six months to be supervised. He will be under an 11 p.m. curfew during the supervision and must stay away from known felons and obey the rules of probation and parole.