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June 20, 2013

Meth cases top court docket

Somerset —

Several defendants appeared in court this month for methamphe-tamine-related charges, according to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddie F. Montgomery, including a Somerset woman who was apprehended in another state. 
Kendra Epperson, 27, of Somerset, appeared before Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for flagrant non-support, engaging in organized crime, conspiracy to manufacture metham-phetamine ,and first-degree bail jumping, according to Montgomery.  
In early 2012, Epperson was initially indicted and she pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support, and she was placed on probation. She was later indicted as part of an investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department into the mass purchasing of pseudoephedrine and manufacture of metham-phetamine, according to Montgomery. Epperson also pleaded guilty to that charge, which may have brought another probated sentence. Montgomery stated that “Epperson fled the jurisdiction and jumped bail,” and she was apprehended by autho-rities in Duncan, Okla. 
During her time out of state, Epperson was indicted on one count of first-degree bail jumping, according to Montgomery. She pleaded guilty to that charge as well. 
Other defendants who appeared before Burdette include the following:
• Jason Boyd Tucker, 34, of Bronston, appeared before Burdette and pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Montgomery. Montgomery stated that in February 2013 the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department found Tucker with a meth lab at a home on Jacksboro Road.  
Montgomery stated he would recommend 10 years in prison. Burdette set final sentencing for July 18, 2013.
• Shane C. Delay, 25, of Somerset was sentenced to eight years in prison for third-degree burglary and felony theft by unlawful taking, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David L. Dalton. Dalton stated that in January 2013 Delay entered TN2U by forcing open a back door and took more than $500 in merchandise. Delay was later apprehended by the Somerset Police Department.

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