January 29, 2013

Meth makers get 12 years

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Of the several persons sentenced on felony charges in Laurel Circuit Court were two persons charged with manufacturing methamphetamine last July.

Sandra Proffit, 49, of 107 Fiechter Lane, and 32-year-old Kevin Smith of 355 Richmond Road, both in London, will serve 12 years for making methamphetamine while two children were present.

The couple was indicted in August on charges that they possessed chemicals and equipment used to make the illegal substance on July 13, 2012, and had the intent to produce the drug at that time. A two-year-old and five-year-old were present at the time police arrested Proffit and Smith.

However, the two counts of controlled substance endangerment to a child were dismissed on both parties while they both were given a 12-year prison sentence.

Other persons sentenced in Laurel Circuit Court on Jan. 18 included:

• Hailey M. Whitehead received a five-year sentence which was probated for five years for trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in 2010. She received credit for time served in jail and was ordered to serve a 60-day sentence, discounting any jail time already pulled. The possession of methamphetamine and persistent felony offender charges were dismissed.

• Ronald Jay Phelps must surrender his firearm seized at the time he was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He received a five-year sentence that was probated for five years on that charge. The tampering with physical evidence and drug paraphernalia charges were dismissed as part of his sentencing.

• Teddie Faye Day was sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft of identity of another without consent. She will serve five years for each charge, but one sentence will follow the other for a total of 10 years. Other charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and several other charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument were dismissed as part of her sentence.

• Phillip Crain faces 10 years in prison for trafficking a Schedule 1 and 2 drug. This is his second offense for trafficking, and he received a 10-year sentence on the two counts. However, the two sentences will run concurrently, giving Phelps a total of 10 years.

• Timothy Arthur received a three-year sentence for second-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor, with a second charge of the same being dismissed as part of the sentence. However, upon his release, Arthur will have to register as a sex offender.

• Brien Vann received a two-year sentence probated for five years for third-degree burglary. A second charge of theft by unlawful taking was dismissed. As part of his sentence, however, Vann must get his GED within one year and must pay $3,000 restitution to the victim of the burglary at $100 per month beginning in Feb. 2013.

• Jacob Vann, a co-defendant in the burglary case with Brien Vann, was dismissed from charges by a motion by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

• Jody Melton, charged with second-degree trafficking in marijuana, received a three-year prison sentence, but was probated for three years. Kayla Steely was a co-defendant in the case. Steeley’s charges for trafficking marijuana were dismissed, but she was ordered to serve 14 days in jail for trafficking in a controlled substance. She received credit for having served eight days in jail at the time of her sentencing and was released after completing the six additional days. She was also given a three-year sentence that was probated for three years.