December 20, 2013

Four to be sentenced on meth charges

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Among those scheduled for sentencing hearings on Friday, Dec. 20 are four persons accused of making or possessing methamphetamine.

Tony Chancy, 50, of 845 Haley Ridge Road North in London, entered a guilty plea on two counts of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, for which he was recommended to serve a five-year sentence and another 10-year sentence. Those two charges will run one after the other, giving Chancy a total of 15 years in prison.

Chancy was originally indicted in April for manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing the firearm on Valentine's Day of this year. That charge was dismissed because Chancy's plea agreement to two counts of possession a firearm is the maximum penalty for those charges.

James Florence of London entered an Alford plea to criminal facilitation to manufacture methamphetamine in 2010. He is recommended to serve five years, probated for five years. An Alford plea means the prosecution has evidence to achieve a guilty verdict if the case goes to trial, although the person charged is not admitting guilt.

He was originally indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine, which carries a five- to 10-year sentence. Amending the charge to criminal facilitation lowered the penalty to a one- to five-year sentence. Florence was also indicted for being a second-degree persistent felony offender, which was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Edwin Doyis Willis, 40, of 67 Robert E. Cox Road in Corbin, was recommended to serve a three-year sentence for trafficking methamphetamine on April 11 and April 16, 2013. Willis was charged with trafficking over two grams on each occasion, but in the plea agreement entered on Nov. 22, those charges were amended to less than two grams, reducing his potential penalty by one degree. He was also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender, which was dismissed.

Willis was indicted in May, along with two other defendants — Michael Mierwinski and Natasha Boone. Mierwinski was sentenced in September for three years of probation, enrollment and completion of drug court, and restitution to the London Police Department for $575. Boone was given a one-year sentence, probated for three years and enrollment and completion of drug court in her sentencing on Nov. 11.

Paul Thurmond, 37, of 652 Parker Road in London, will be sentenced on Friday on charges of trafficking more than two grams of methamphetamine. He was recommended to serve five years, which will be probated for five years on the condition he forfeits cash and property confiscated at the time of his arrest. The exception to this is that Thurmond can keep $1,500 of the cash and his pontoon boat. Thurmond was indicted in September on three counts of trafficking methamphetamine on July 2 and 3, but only pled to one count. The charges of persistent felony offender and convicted felon in possession of a firearm were dismissed.

Other persons set for sentencing on Friday include:

• Billy Gray, 39, aka Billie Gray, of 519 Lost Fork Road in Manchester, could face five years in prison for theft by unlawful taking on Aug. 5 and Sept. 16,  2012. As part of the plea agreement, Gray’s sentence will run consecutively, or after, a Clay County sentence, and $1,400 restitution must be paid to the victim. A persistent felony offense will be dismissed at the sentencing.

• Shannon Rae Billings, 35, of 302 Owsley Ave. in Lexington, will be sentenced to three years for fraudulent use of a credit card, a penalty that will be diverted for three years according to the plea entered last month. Billings was indicted in August of this year for using a debit card that she was not authorized to use on March 8. She must make restitution of $200 to Forcht Bank, $326 restitution to Cumberland Valley National Bank and Trust, and $62.75 to Shell Mart.

• Merinda Kay Robinson, 34, of 136 Swiss Colony Road in London, was probated for five years on a five-year sentence for flagrant non-support of her three children. She must now pay a minimum of $200 per month on the $4,800 balance on one child, and pay at least $100 per month on arrearages of $8,292.79 on the two other children. A persistent felony offender charge will be dismissed at the sentencing.

• Michael Maynes, 41, of Rt. 225 in Barbourville, is set for sentencing Friday on flagrant non-support. He was recommended to serve five years, diverted for five years, for failing to pay regular child support on his three children from Jan. 14, 2009 through Sept. 2013. Maynes was indicted in September on the charge, with bond set at $7,500 cash. His bond was reduced to $5,000 surety, and he will now pay an extra $100 per month on his arrearages of $20,107.