The Richmond Register


April 17, 2014

CCDW instructor indicted on charges of failing to provide training

RICHMOND — A Madison County grand jury has indicted a carry-concealed weapons permit instructor on charges he falsely claimed to have provided instruction to one person for a CCDW permit and provided incomplete training to three others.

Christopher D. Fins was indicted April 9 on one count of CCDW instructor not providing firearms training and three counts of providing incomplete firearms training.

Fins faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all four felony charges.

He is the second person in less than six months to be indicted in Madison County on similar charges. In December, Kevin Michael Helton was indicted on two counts of CCDW instructor providing incomplete firearms training and one count of not providing firearms training.

Helton is set for sentencing April 25 in Madison Circuit Court.

Fins’ indictment states that on May 25, 2012, he “represented to the Department of Criminal Justice Training that he conducted concealed deadly weapons training for Gary Johnson when such training was not provided.”

The indictment also alleges Fins:

• Failed to provide requisite length-of-lecture instruction and failed to provide range instruction April  28, 2012, to Larkin Earl Mullins as part of his training

• Did not provide requisite range instruction and firing Dec. 12, 2012, for William Rigsby as part of his training

• Failed to provide requisite length-of-lecture instruction Feb. 9, 2013, to Matthew Veatch.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jesse Armstrong was a witness at the grand jury proceeding, according to court documents. A summons was issued for Fins to appear in court for arraignment.

In Kentucky, people who are eligible to get a CCDW license must go through a course no longer than eight hours that includes a mandatory marksmanship test. The applicant must hit a full-sized silhouette from 7 yards with at least 11 out of 20 rounds fired, according to Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

Additional indictments handed down this week and last week were:

• Amanda G. Collins, 27, and Robert R. Banks Jr., 45, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (Collins, three counts, and Banks two counts), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Collins, two counts, and Banks, one count)

• Bobby G. Saylor, 23; Allen L. Bishop (aka Lewis Allen Bishop), 43, and Catherine N. Hogwood, 25, manufacturing methamphetamine, second or subsequent offense (Bishop only), manufacturing methamphetamine (Saylor, Hogwood), six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (Bishop only), possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offenders

• Justin M. Brock, theft of identity and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol

• Teresa L. Abee, 45, theft of identity and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Erik J. Schomer, 34, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Curtis M. Sparks, 29, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana

• Steven E. Robinson, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Devincent J. Deterra (aka Jonathan Jorrell Carr), second-degree robbery, fraudulent use of a credit card, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft of a credit/debit card.

• Sandra Faye Sturgill, 37, four counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone), two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine, hydrocodone) and five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charge referred to Madison District Court

• Eric D. Springborn, 32, theft by unlawful taking and menacing.

Misdemeanor indictment

• Brandon Lunsford, 27, two counts of receiving stolen property (under $500) and theft by deception (under $500).

Charge dismissed without prejudice

• Courtney Wade Henson, 35.

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to prosecute. 

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