The Richmond Register

February 23, 2013

Detroit man receives 11-year sentence for drug trafficking

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Detroit man who was dealing large quantities of pills in Richmond was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

Terry Colbert, 47, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), trafficking in a controlled substance (second or greater offense) and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office recommended a sentence of 10 years on each of the first-offense trafficking charges, one year on the second-or-greater-offense trafficking charge and five years on the handgun charge for a total of 10 years.

In a second case, Colbert had pleaded guilty to first-degree bailing jumping and was sentenced to one year in prison, which will run consecutively to the 10-year sentence.

Colbert’s attorney argued for probation, stating the man could become a “model citizen” as evidenced by his position as a trusty at the Madison County Detention Center.

“He’s made the best of a bad situation,” the attorney said.

Judge Jean C. Logue said she often found it disappointing when obviously bright people “use their entrepreneurial skills in the wrong fashion.”

She added that probation was not appropriate in cases of “out-of-town people coming here for the sole purpose of trafficking.”

Colbert was arrested June 22, 2011, when officers with the Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force searched the Richmond home where he was staying and found large quantities of pills, several weapons and $5,000.

The drugs included oxycodone, Vicodin and Xanax, according to the CKADT spokesperson.

Colbert was released from jail June 30, 2011, after posting a $15,000 bond but was re-arrested Sept. 14 and charged with bail jumping.

His attorney asked the judge to recommend Colbert for substance-abuse treatment while he was in prison, and Logue agreed.

“It might be a good time to start a new chapter,” Logue said when Colbert mentioned he had recently become a father for the third time.

Colbert went on to say he was brought up in a family in which drugs were a way of life. Logue pointed out he needed to be a better role model for his children.

“Kids pay attention to what you do,” the judge said.

Other sentences

Other sentences handed down Thursday by Madison Circuit Judge Jean C. Logue were:

• Paul M. Isaacs, 30, intimidating a witness, bail jumping and receiving stolen property (under $500). Sentenced to a total of two years in prison.

• Vincent Craig Jones, 22, receiving stolen property (under $10,000), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense), resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to a total of one year in prison, and Logue granted him two years of supervised probation. He must complete a 30-day in-patient drug treatment program and pay restitution on the stolen property charge.

• Misty Daniel, 30, receiving stolen property (under $10,000) and theft by deception including cold checks (under $10,000); sentenced to a total of two years. Daniel already is serving time in Clark County, so one year of the Madison County sentence will be served concurrently with that sentence and the second year will be consecutive.

• Jewell Conner, 36, first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance; sentenced to a total of one year which was diverted for two years under supervision provide she does not violate the law or the terms of her supervision.

• Brent A. Oliver, 21, theft by unlawful taking, one year in jail.

• Amanda R. Pence, 28, first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, sentenced to a total one year which was diverted for two years under supervision provide she does not violate the law or the terms of her supervision.

• Steve Arthur Napier, 29, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence; sentenced to a total of six years in prison.

Sentences by Judge Clouse

Sentences handed down Friday by Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse:

•Rhonda M. Reynolds, 42, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband; sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

• Todd McCarty, 43, theft by failure to make disposition of property; two years in prison and ordered to pay $47,000 in restitution.

• Craig Overbee, 33, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (more than or equal to 10 dosage units, codeine); one year, probated for three years under supervision.

• Denisha L. Hasty, 27, complicity to second-degree drug trafficking (more than or equal to 10 dosage units, codeine); one year, probated for three years under supervision.

• Chelsea K. Ruble, 20, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, opiates), two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and failure of owner to maintain required insurance; sentenced to two years which was diverted for two years under supervision.

• Christopher Prather, 28, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, opiates); one year diverted for three years.

• Brandy M. Maggard, 24, facilitation to manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), two years diverted for two years under supervision.

• Tammy R. Cain, 40, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, opiates), one year diverted for two years under supervision.

• Stephanie Hyndman, 25, first-degree fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (second offense), driving on a DUI suspended license (first offense); sentenced to a total of one year which was diverted for two years under supervision.

• Joseph A. Jackson, 22, two counts of theft of identity of another and second-degree possession of a forged instrument; total of three years diverted for two years under supervision and ordered to pay restitution.