December 20, 2013

Four to be sentenced on meth charges

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.

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