Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 19, 2010

Stinnett pleads guilty in circuit court

Man who led law enforcement on chase gets 20 years

GLASGOW — The Glasgow man who led the Barren County Sheriff and deputies on a two-county chase in a minivan in February has been sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea deal.

Billy R. Stinnett, 28, was scheduled for trial on Oct. 29 in Barren County Circuit Court, but because of an agreement with the commonwealth, he will serve concurrent sentences on his charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 25 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police), two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, third-degree assault and resisting arrest.

He was sentenced to fines for numerous traffic violations, including reckless driving, five counts of disregarding a stop sign and speeding in a restricted zone.

He also pleaded guilty to charges made by the Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force of manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia, second offense; and knowingly possessing anhydrous ammonia with the intent to manufacture meth. Those charges stemmed from an investigation of the minivan Stinnet was driving in which a mobile meth lab was found.

His charges totaled a sentence of 15 years, but because of his persistent felony offender status, the charges were enhanceable, leading Circuit Judge Phil Patton to move the sentence up to the next legal level of 20 years. He will be eligible for parole after he has served 20 percent of his sentence.

Because Stinnett pleaded guilty, his co-defendant, Lindsay Craig, 30, had the charges of complicity to manufacture meth, first offense, dismissed.

Stinnett led police in a chase that began as a complaint of reckless driving on Peterson Road in Hiseville that became a high-speed pursuit from Ky. 740, into Glasgow on Edmonton Road and continued through eastern Barren County on Hollow, Lick Branch, J. Birge, Burkesville, H. Miller and New Salem roads, Columbia and Grand avenues and North Green Street, among others. He ran off the road many times, trying to force deputies from the BCSO off the roads as well and causing damage to cruisers and citizens’ vehicles along the way. The chase continued until Stinnett knocked a gas meter off a house on East Cherry Street and crashed into the worship center next door, according to information from the Barren County Sheriff’s Office. The Glasgow Police Department aided in the chase within the city limits, including on East Cherry Street.

Stinnett then attempted to flee on foot toward the back of the former E.B. Terry School where Sheriff Chris Eaton and deputies caught and arrested him. Several law enforcement officials suffered minor injuries, including one broken hand.

In court Monday, Stinnett, through his attorney, Sandy Leitao, attempted to have his bond changed so that he could visit family, including a sick grandmother. But after argument from Common-wealth’s Attorney Karen Davis that he was a flight risk based on his previous history, Patton denied the motion to change bond.

Neither lawyer had comment after the proceedings.

Final sentencing will be Nov. 22.

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