Shasta Vaughn, who pleaded guilty in April to robbing Plaza Drug, was formally sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Vaughn, 20, said nothing as Judge John Knox Mills handed down the sentence. Her attorney, Haley Scoville Bonham, asked the court to follow the recommendation of the commonwealth, which was 10 years in prison.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said Vaughn must serve 85 percent of the sentence before she will be eligible for parole. She will receive credit for the 252 days she has been held in the Laurel County Detention Center while awaiting the outcome of the case.

According to Kentucky State Police Detective Mark Allen, about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 5, a woman witnesses later identified as Vaughn, came into the store and walked up to the counter. While the employees waited on her, she reportedly pulled a gun from her waistband and demanded drugs.

“The employees told us she had a gun, but we never did find one,” Allen said. “According to Miss Vaughn, she didn’t have a gun.”

Warren Scoville, who was going to represent Vaughn at her trial, said there was no gun among the evidence.

“That is not in any of the discovery,” Scoville said.

Employees said the woman fled the scene, but left empty-handed. Store employees could not say in which direction she had run.

State Police, working with Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies and London Police, identified Vaughn as the suspect and went to mother’s home but were unable to locate Vaughn.

About 1 a.m. Sept. 6, deputies contacted Allen, saying they had Vaughn in custody.

Vaughn, who was scheduled to go to trial on April 15 in Laurel Circuit Court. However, minutes after she sat down at the defense table, she broke dinto tears and through her attorney, asked to be re-arraigned so she could plead guilty. In return for her guilty plea, she received the minimum sentence, 10 years in prison.

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