The following cases have been resolved in Barren Circuit Court during the week of May 22-26:

-Bobby Hogan, 43, of Glasgow, was sentenced in three separate cases. His first charge was flagrant nonsupport; second, possession of controlled substance, first degree (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia; and third, trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in marijuana over eight ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence in the child support case, a one year sentence in the possession case, and a seven year sentence in the trafficking case, and opposed probation. Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton denied Hogan’s request for probation and sentenced him to a total of seven years in the penitentiary.

-James Emberton, 35, of Scottsville, was sentenced on his earlier plea to charges of fleeing/ evading police, first degree; operating motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance which impairs one’s driving ability, second offense; and operating on suspended / revoked license. The Commonwealth recommended a five year sentence and the standard DUI penalties for Emberton and opposed probation. Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton denied Emberton’s request for probation and sentenced him to five years in the penitentiary.

-Thomas Upton, 25, of Glasgow, was sentenced on his earlier plea to charges of possession of controlled substance, first degree (methamphetamine). The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence and opposed probation. Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton denied Upton’s request for probation and sentenced him to two years in the penitentiary.

-Billy Ray Simpson, 23, of Bowling Green, was sentenced on his earlier plea to charges of criminal possession of a forged prescription. The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence and did not oppose probation/diversion due to his lack of criminal history. Accordingly, Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton placed the defendant on supervised pretrial diversion for a set number of years with the condition that he be assessed for, and complete, recommended drug treatment.

-Nathan Butler, 25, of Cave City, was sentenced on his earlier plea to the amended charge of possession of controlled substance, first degree (methamphetamine). The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence and opposed probation. The Court had Butler tested in Court before announcing its decision and Butler tested positive for marijuana. Accordingly, the Court denied the defendant’s motion for probation and sentenced him to two years in the penitentiary.

-Christopher Reece, 22, of Glasgow, was sentenced on his earlier plea to charge of wanton endangerment, first degree - two counts. On Nov. 23, 2005, while operating his vehicle, the defendant brandishes a firearm at another vehicle which was driven by an off-duty state trooper and his family. The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence and did not oppose probation / diversion based on the officer’s input. Accordingly, Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton placed the defendant on supervised pretrial diversion for a period of five years with the condition that he also forfeit the weapon.

-Kory Pursley, 28, of Glasgow, was sentenced on his earlier plea to charges of flagrant nonsupport. Pursley admitted that he had failed to pay his child support in the past as ordered by the Court and was behind in the amount of $4,680. The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence, and did not oppose probation on the condition that the defendant enter into a wage assignment so that the monies owed can be taken directly from his paycheck. Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton sentenced Pursley to two years, probated - supervised, until the child reaches the age of majority.

-Robert Dale Whitlow, 51, of Bowling Green, was sentenced on his earlier plea to charges of flagrant nonsupport. Whitlow admitted that he had failed to pay his child support in the past as ordered by the Court and was behind in the amount of $6,508. The Commonwealth recommended a two year sentence, and did not oppose probation / diversion on the condition that the defendant enter into a wage assignment so that the monies owed can be taken directly from his paycheck. Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton placed Whitlow on pretrial diversion until the child reaches the age of majority.

-Kenneth Alford, 32, of Indiana, pleaded guilty on Friday, May 26, to the amended charge of misdemeanor nonsupport. Alford was originally charged with the felony charge of flagrant nonsupport. However, as the defendant paid over $1,300 in past due child support, leaving an arrearage of approximately $600, the Commonwealth agreed to amend the charge on the condition that the defendant enter into a wage assignment. Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton accepted the plea and sentenced Alford to 12 months, and probated the sentence until the child is of majority age.

-Leroy Herbert Williams, 32, was originally indicted for possession of controlled substance, first degree (methamphetamine); operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other substance which impairs one’s driving ability - second offense; license not in possession; and possession of open alcoholic beverage container. An order dismissing the charges was entered on May 24, due to the defendant’s death on May 20, 2006.

There were no court appearances in Metcalfe Circuit Court this week.

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