The Richmond Register

August 17, 2013

Five plead guilty in hotel meth-making operation

Child was found in room

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Five people who admitted to being involved in making methamphetamine in a hotel room while a young child was present pleaded guilty to various charges Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

Jessica D. Bowling, 27; Sandra D. Kaylor, 39; and Christina Lowery, 23, were arrested Jan. 27 after Kentucky State Police received information that a strong odor was coming from a room at the La Quinta Inn, 1751 Lexington Road.

Along with an active one-step meth lab, Victoria A. Burdiss, 24, Nathaniel W. Cawthon, 27, and their young child also were in the room, according to the KSP.

Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith said Bowling was the ringleader of the operation, and she accepted a plea deal of 10 years in prison on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and fourth-degree chemical substance endangerment to a child.

Bowling could have received a maximum sentence of life in prison because she already had been convicted of a prior felony.

The mother of the child, Burdiss, pleaded guilty to facilitation to manufacturing meth, fourth-degree chemical endangerment of a child, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

“I went to La Quinta to pick up $20 of meth,” Burdiss told Judge Jean C. Logue.

The prosecutor recommended a sentence of four years in prison for Burdiss. She could have received a maximum sentence of 33 years.

The child’s father, Cawthon, received a recommended sentence of three years after he pleaded guilty to facilitation to manufacture meth, fourth-degree chemical endangerment of a child and first-degree possession of a controlled susbstance.

Cawthon admitted he had rented the room the prior day in his name so Bowling could make meth there.

The other two people arrested in the hotel room – Kaylor and Lowery – pleaded guilty to facilitation to make meth, fourth-degree chemical endangerment of a child and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Smith recommended sentences of three years in prison for Kaylor and Lowery.

The five are set for final sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Madison Circuit Court.