2 sentenced for UBet theft
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – Two of the four people charged with robbing a local business of thousands of dollars were sentenced in Perry Circuit Court this week.
Christianne Clemons, 28, and Hiram Noble, Jr., 41, both of Breathitt County, appeared in court Thursday after entering guilty pleas last month for their part in a scheme in April to steal more than $17,000 from the Hazard UBet, an off-track betting parlor on Dawhare Drive.
Clemons was an employee of UBet at the time of the theft, and told police that she had been assaulted and robbed while taking a deposit from the business to a local bank. It wasn’t long before police connected the dots, however, and charged Clemons with theft over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and falsely reporting an incident, a Class A misdemeanor.
She pleaded guilty to the charges as part of an agreement in exchange for a total of six years to serve.
Three people were also alleged to have taken part in the theft, including Noble, who was indicted this year on one count of theft over $10,000, a charge he pleaded guilty to in exchange for a sentence of five years to serve.
Clemons and Noble were sentenced this week in accordance with their plea agreements, and will also be responsible for repaying $17,054, along with the other two people alleged to have been involved, Jerry “Yad” Hurt and Sharon Hensley, both of Perry County.
Neither Hurt nor Hensley have entered pleas in their cases, but they are scheduled to appear in Perry Circuit Court on Jan. 30 for a pretrial conference. Hurt is currently lodged in the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, and is also charged with theft over $10,000.
Hensley remains lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on a charge of theft over $10,000, but had also received two additional charges of escape, one for allegedly absconding from home incarceration in May, and the latest charge on Aug. 9 for allegedly jumping from a jail transport van and running through the Walmart parking lot before she was quickly apprehended. She is currently set for jury trial on March 18.
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