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Cole sentenced in three cases

Lewisport resident Randy Cole received a two-year jail sentence concurrent with jail time already being served on a charge of bail jumping in the first degree. He also received a 12-month probated sentence on a charge of fleeing or evading police-second degree, and a 12-month probated sentence on a charge of theft by unlawful taking under $500. All sentences run concurrently. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman handed down the sentences at the August Motion Day proceedings at the Hancock County Judicial Center.

In March of this year the Hancock County grand jury indicted Cole on a charge of bail jumping in the first degree when he failed to report to jail as ordered in June of 2020. In August of 2019 the Hancock County grand jury indicted Cole on a charge of fleeing or evading police in the first degree, and also on a charge of being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

Then in October of 2019 the Hancock County grand jury indicted Cole on charges of burglary in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking under $500, theft-receipt of stolen credit/debit card (two or more cards) and a charge of being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

The cases continued to work their way through the Hancock County court system until August of this year when Cole accepted plea bargain agreements from Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office. In exchange for a plea of guilty to the theft charge, the Commonwealth agreed to drop the remaining charges in the case. In exchange for a plea of guilty to an amended charge of fleeing or evading police-second degree, the Commonwealth agreed to drop the other charge in the case. The Commonwealth also asked for a plea of guilty to the bail jumping charge. All parties to the cases accepted the agreements.

Reece given four years
Philpot, KY resident Joshywa Reece received a total of four years behind bars from two different cases before the Hancock County court system. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman sentenced Reece to two years in jail on a charge of theft by unlawful taking-all others $500 or more but under $10,000, and two years in jail on a charge of theft by unlawful taking/disposition firearm. Coleman handed down the sentences during the August Motion Day proceedings at the Hancock County Judicial Center.

Reece’s cases started in March of this year when the Hancock County grand jury indicted him in two different cases before the court. The first case dates to May of 2020. The Hancock County grand jury accused him of theft by unlawful taking $500 or more, and burglary in the third degree. The second case dates to January of this year when the grand jury accused him of theft by unlawful taking-firearm, and burglary in the third degree.

According to information in the court docket, Reece pawned two chainsaws, a drill and charger set and a chainsaw case at Bullett’s Pawn and Master Pawn in Owensboro. The file says when Reece learned law enforcement planned to approach him about the items, he took the items out of pawn and returned them to the owner. In the other case, he stands accused of taking a .410 shotgun from a home in Lewisport while performing work at the house. When confronted, the file says Reece claimed to have borrowed the gun and kept it too long.

In June of this year Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office offered Reece a plea-bargain agreement. In exchange for a plea of guilty to the two separate theft charges, the Commonwealth agreed to drop the remaining charges in the cases. All parties accepted the terms of the agreements during the August Motion Day proceedings.

Boone probated

Eastview, KY resident Kayla Boone received a two-year probated sentence on a theft related case before the Hancock County court system. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman sentenced Boone to 12-months in jail on a charge of receiving stolen property under $500, then granted Boone probation. He handed down the sentence during August’s Motion Day proceedings.

In August of 2019 the Hancock County grand jury indicted Boone on charges of criminal mischief in the second degree, burglary in the third degree, theft by unlawful taking-$10,000 or more, tampering with physical evidence, engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree. The case worked its way through the court system until August of this year.

Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office offered Boone a plea bargain agreement. In exchange for a plea of guilty to an amended charge of theft by unlawful taking under $500, the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the remaining charges in the case. All parties accepted the terms of the agreement.

By Ralph Dickerson

 

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