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December 20, 2013

Four to be sentenced on meth charges



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.

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