It was a busy week in Pulaski Circuit Court, as 14 defendants were either sentenced to prison or had their probations revoked.

• Maurice Stigall, 52, of Somerset, pled guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison for two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense. According to UNITE prosecutor David L. Dalton, operatives purchased cocaine from Stigall on two occasions in April 2005.

• Michael R. Hunter, 45, of Somerset, was sentenced to seven years in prison for solicitation to manufacture methamphetamine. In November 2004, Hunter was arrested in a Pulaski County residence with the remnants of a methamphetamine lab.

• Stephen Brent Burdine, 28, of Somerset, was sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. Burdine sold oxycodone to various undercover operatives in August 2004 and Sept. 2005.

• David Bruce Whitaker, 41, of Somerset, was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving stolen property valued at over $300, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeremy Bartley said Whitaker was found to be in possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in Nov. 2004. Whitaker was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm in Nov. 2004 by the Somerset Police Department. Whitaker will serve the five-year sentence in addition to an un-served three-year sentence for a total of eight years imprisonment.

• Sherry Lovins, 46, of Somerset, was sentenced to three years imprisonment for one count of trafficking in a controlled substance in or near a school, and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree. Lovins sold butalbital and alprazolam to UNITE operatives in Jan. 2005. Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette denied a plea for probation, noting that the evidence in this case suggested that Lovins sold the drugs near children.

• Jeremy Martin Reynolds, 18, of Somerset, was sentenced to one year imprisonment for burglary, third degree, and receiving stolen property valued over $300. Reynolds broke into Bargain City Auto Sales in Oct. 2005 and stole property.

Commonwealth’s Att-orney Eddy Montgomery’s office also filed several motions to revoke probation.

• Thomas L. Hollars, 56, of Bronston, had a ten-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of his probation. Hollars, who was on probation for trafficking in Oxycontin, was caught associating with a convicted felon. He was found to be in possession of over $8,000 in concealed cash, and a person leaving his residence was found to be in possession of two Oxycontin. Prosecutor Dalton said it was apparent that Hollars was now “back in business” and should be sent to prison.

• Brandon Newell, 20, of Somerset, had a seven-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of his probation. Newell had originally been convicted of trafficking in controlled substances in 2005. At the hearing on this matter, it was established that Newell had a crushed Lortab in his possession and that he had tested positive for marijuana.

• Randolph Hughes, 21, of Covington, had a five-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of his probation. Hughes, who was on probation for trafficking in cocaine in 2004, failed to report for probation as directed.

• Sue Ann Jasper, 34, of Somerset, had a four-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of her probation. Jasper, who was on probation for felony theft and possession of controlled substances, violated her probation by verbally abusing and being uncooperative with her probation officer.

• Trenton Bailey, 26, of Bronston, had a four-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of his probation. Bailey, who was on probation for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, violated the terms of his probation by being charged with new offenses and leaving his area of supervision.

• Brenda Swallows, 46, of Somerset, had a four-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of her probation. Swallows, who was on probation for trafficking in controlled substances, violated the terms of her probation by being convicted of possession of a controlled substance and by failing to timely report the arrest from that charge.

• Anthony Gibson, 36, of Pine Top, had a three-year sentence imposed for violating the terms of his probation. Gibson, who was on probation for receiving stolen property, failed to report to probation, left his area of supervision, and failed to provide restitution as directed.

• William Caudill, 34, of Somerset, had a two-year sentence imposed. Caudill, who was on shock probation for possession of a controlled substance, had been dismissed from drug court. Judge Burdette ruled that this non-compliance with drug court mandated the sentence by imposed.

Montgomery stated that he was disappointed that these defendants failed to take advantage of their probated sentences. However, he was pleased that Judge Burdette promptly revoked these probations upon proof that they had failed to comply with the court’s orders.

Montgomery noted that strict adherence to the terms of probation allows for the compliant offenders to reform themselves without resorting to imprisonment.

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