The Richmond Register

May 29, 2013

One woman gets probation, another draws four years in child-endangerment case

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Two women who were found in a hotel room with drugs and paraphernalia, along with two young children, were sentenced Tuesday morning in Madison Circuit Court.

Kathie L. Browning, 51, and Sarah L. Rittenour, aka, Sarah Hogue, 24, were charged in December after police received a report of young children being exposed to drug activity at a Knights Inn motel room.

Police found Browning and Rittenour to be under the influence of drugs, and the room was filled with smoke, according to a Richmond police report.

In addition to oxycodone pills and white powder, officers also discovered a 4-year-old and 9-year-old asleep in the room.

Rittenour’s attorney, Justin Hoskins, asked Judge William G. Clouse to consider probation for his client after Rittenour was sentenced to four years in prison on two counts of wanton endangerment and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

However, Assistant Common-wealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith opposed probation, stating Rittenour already has one felony on her record and has been involved in other violent cases.

Clouse did not grant probation in Rittenour’s case.

However, Browning’s case had a different outcome. She is the grandmother of the children who she brought to the room.

Browning tearfully asked Clouse for probation, and her attorney, Braxton Crenshaw, said she took responsibility for exposing the two children to drug activity.

Crenshaw said Browning was working with the court system in making positive steps to combat her drug problem so she could be a part of her grandchildren’s lives again.

Smith did not oppose probation.

“I think (Browning) stands in a significantly different position than her co-defendant,” Smith said.

Clouse told Browning that her grandchildren did need her but “they don’t need you like this.”

Clouse also told Browning that she possessed a disease – drug addiction – that she must acknowledge before she can get better.

“I thought and thought about this … I’m going to grant you probation,” Clouse said.

Browning was sentenced to two years in prison on the same charges at Rittenour, but the sentence was probated under supervision for three years.

Clouse also sentenced the following Tuesday morning:

• Frankie H. Hardy, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, first offense). One year, probated.

• Carl T. Sandlin, receiving stolen property ($10,000 or more), five years.

• David Anthony Long, manufacturing methamphetamine, enhanced manufacturing methamphetamine, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, opiates). A total of 15 years in prison in two cases.

• Travis Kemplin, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), two and a half years, conditionally discharged for five years with payment of $1,080 restitution within two years.

• Christopher Elliot, first-degree sexual abuse and used of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for sexual performance, three years.

• Christopher J. Foster, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence, third or more within five years), total of 15 years in prison.

• Adam W. Morton, tampering with physical evidence, two years in prison probated under supervision for three years.

• James Douglas Jackson, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. He was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison on two cases.

• Kimberly Croucher, theft by unlawful taking, five counts second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fraudulent use of a credit card (under $10,000), second-degree escape and tampering with a prisoner monitoring device. She was sentenced to a total of four years in three cases.

• Adam Croucher, theft by unlawful taking and two counts of unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance, three years (already served six months), probated under supervision for three years.

• Hillary P. Combs, trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia, one year probated under supervision for three years.

• Abbygail Broughton, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, opiates) and third-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense), one year.

• Jimmy Bertotto, three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, opiates), three years.

• Reanell Caldwell, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, opiates), two years probated under supervision for three years.

• Althea G. Tichenor, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, opiates), two years diverted for two years.

• Justin A. Endricks, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), one year.

• Brandon D. Smith, third-degree burglary, one year.

• Michelle L. Gooch, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), one year probated under supervision for three years.

• Jordan Maffett, receiving stolen property (under $500), misdemeanor, 90 days conditionally discharged.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.