August 27, 2013

Second man sentenced for beating elderly man


Nearly two years after robbing and beating a then 92-year-old man, the second of two men involved was sentenced in Laurel Circuit Court.

Leonard Wayne Helton, 25, of 202 West Ky. 2417 in Corbin, received a five-year prison sentence for theft by unlawful taking before Judge Tom Jensen on August 16. That sentence will run at the same time as another felony sentence from Whitley County.

Helton and his accomplice, 51-year-old Anthony Todd Helton of the same address, went to Brown’s Recycling Center on Ky. 638 on Aug. 26, 2011 and spoke with the owner, 92-year-old Russell Brown. The two were reportedly interested in bringing some aluminum cans to sell. The duo left but returned later, at which time they hit the elderly man with a tire tool, robbed him and fled the scene.

Both Heltons were indicted in November 2011 for the assault, with Leonard Helton being incarcerated on September 13. His uncle, Anthony Todd Helton, was taken into custody in late October.

Other cases heard in Laurel Circuit Court included:

• Milford Allen Jr., 48, of 358 Dean Hundley Road in East Bernstadt, was indicted in August 2012 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and receiving a stolen firearm. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office asked the case be dismissed.

But freedom from legal charges was short-lived, as Allen was sentenced to three years in prison for trafficking in marijuana over 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and in possession of a handgun, and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Now Allen will serve a seven-year sentence for possession of a handgun, which is prohibited by felons. He received a three -year sentence for the marijuana trafficking charge and the controlled substance charge, with those two sentences running at the same time as the seven-year sentence.

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