Commonwealth Journal

June 20, 2013

Meth cases top court docket

Staff Report
Commonwealth Journal

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.
• Anthony Ray Trotter, 52, of Somerset pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a June 2011 theft from Hanson Quarry. Trotter was sentenced to one year in prison. The case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
• Irvine Shane South-wood, 32, of Monticello pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison for felony shopl-ifting, according to Dalton. Dalton stated that in October 2012, the Somerset Police Depart-ment arrested Southwood after he took more than $500 in electronics from Wal-Mart. 
Project Shop-Loss, an effort by local retailers, law enforcement, and prosecutors to investigate local shoplifting rings, identified Southwood as a persistent shoplifter, according to Dalton. 
Dalton also stated that Southwood had similar charges in Warren, Barren, and Wayne Counties. Southwood received a sentence of two years in prison, consecutive to whatever sentences Southwood may receive in other counties.  
• Kimberly A. Meece, 35, of Somerset was imprisoned for 15 years following the revocation of her probation, according to Dalton. Dalton stated Meece was originally convicted of eight counts of theft by deception and seven counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
• Julia N. Smallwood, 52, of Science Hill was imprisoned for four years following the revocation of his pretrial diversion, according to Dalton. Dalton stated Smallwood was originally convicted of cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants. 
• Cherish Sizemore, 20, of Somerset, pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support, according to Dalton. Dalton stated Sizemore failed to provide nearly $8,000 in child support over a two-year period. Dalton stated he would recommend five years in prison. Burdette set final sentencing for July 18, 2013.
• Kevin Crockett, 41, of Science Hill was sentenced to one year in prison for DUI, fourth offense.  Crockett was arrested by the Somerset Police Department. Crockett was prosecuted through the rocket docket program.
• Ottie Monroe Kirby, 51, of Mt. Vernon pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance, according to Montgomery. Montgomery stated he would recommend one year in prison.  Burdette set final sentencing for July 18, 2013.
• Kenneth Swint, 41, of Somerset was imprisoned for eight years following the revocation of his probation for a variety of felony theft offenses, according to Dalton. Dalton said those offenses stemmed from incidents in 2009 in which Swint allegedly took money from victims after promising roof and repair work on their homes. The probation was revoked after Swint failed to provide restitution, according to Dalton. 
• Tommy Wright, 54, of King’s Mountain was imprisoned for five years following a probation revocation hearing, according to Dalton. Dalton stated that Wright was originally convicted of trafficking in marijuana, over eight ounces, and DUI, second offense. Burdette imposed a five-year sentence.
• Miranda Nicole Raike, 23, of Whitley City was imprisoned for two years following the revocation of her probation. According to Montgomery, Raike was originally convicted of theft of identity.
• Ernest Holloway, 35, of Somerset was sentenced to one year in prison for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. According to Montgomery, in March 2013, a confidential informant with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department purchased Suboxone from Holloway for $25.
• Adrienne A. Eggers, 24, of Somerset was imprisoned for three years following the revocation of her probation. Eggers received three years’ probation in April for felony receiving stolen property, according to Montgomery. Burdette imposed a three-year sentence.
• Thomas J. Arthur, 27, of Somerset was imprisoned for five years following the revocation of his probation, according to Dalton. Dalton stated Arthur was originally convicted of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.