August 27, 2013

Second man sentenced for beating elderly man



• Brian J. Cress, 26, of Lexington and 25-year-old Joseph D. Gregory of Covington, were both sentenced to three years in prison, which was diverted for five years and will be supervised. The two were indicted in October last year for taking a 2003 Honda motorcycle and a 2005 Honda motorcycle from two different individuals on July 30. The sentence was for the first charge of receiving stolen property, but the second charge was dismissed as part of a plea bargain. The pair must pay restitution of $3,500 each as part of the plea agreement.

• Melissa Gaines, also known as Melissa Day, 41, of 304 West 17th St. in London, will be involved in a supervised diversion program for three years as part of her sentence for driving under the influence, speeding, and possession of methamphetamine. Gaines was indicted in November of last year. She was sentenced to one year imprisonment, diverted for three years with supervision. She was also given two days in jail for DUI, with one day suspended and a $500 fine. The charge of driving 22 mph over the posted speed limit was dismissed.

• Brandon Mays, 26, of 577 Whitley St. in London, must enroll in and complete drug court as his sentence for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Mays was indicted in February 2013 for selling 10 or more Oxycodone to a police informant on May 25, 2012.

• Joshua Abraham Hays, 30, of 33 Timothy Lane in Keavy, will serve 13 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine on Jan. 14 of this year. His sentence also includes his testimony against the other two defendants in this case - 24-year-old Michael S. Cunigan of Annville and 22-year-old Skye Stewart of McKee.

However, Hays will forego the testimony against Cunigan, who entered into a plea agreement earlier and was also sentenced to 13 years in prison. Persistent felony offender charges against both men were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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