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HAZARD – A Perry County man was sentenced this week to serve several years in prison on drug charges.

Johnny Gross, 41, of Combs, pleaded guilty in three separate cases in November, including one in which he was arrested for selling Oxycodone to a cooperating witness in Dec. 2011, and a second for illegally possessing the drug with intent to distribute in Aug. 2011. He pleaded guilty in the third case to a charge of tampering with a prisoner monitoring device.

Gross appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday where he was formally sentenced to serve a total of eight years in prison.

Also sentenced on Thursday was 47-year-old Danny Centers of Viper, who had previously pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

Centers was indicted in October, and received the initial charges in August after he illegally possessed Methadone and appeared in public under the influence. He was sentenced this week to serve two years of diversion, conditions of which include at least one drug test per week for the first year of his diversion, two Narcotics Anonymous of Lifeline meetings each week, and the completion of a 10-week outpatient drug treatment program administered by the Division of Probation and Parole. He will also be subject to random drug testing.

If Centers fails to meet the conditions of his diversion, he could be sentenced to serve up to three years in prison.

Mary Riley, 22, was sentenced to serve up to two years in prison for selling three Oxycodone tablets to a cooperating witness on June 23, 2011. She was also ordered to pay $220 in restitution to Operation UNITE.

Sentenced to serve up to a year in jail was 38-year-old Johnny Newman of Hazard. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and second-degree persistent felony offender after he stole jewelry from the former Hazard K-Mart. In accordance with his plea agreement, the count of persistent felony offender was dismissed.

Janie Johnson, 36, entered a guilty plea Thursday in exchange for a sentence of two years diverted for two years.

Johnson was indicted in early 2012 on an allegation that she sold Oxycodone to a cooperating witness on July 28, 2011. She pleaded guilty this week to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance fewer than 10 units. In accordance with the agreement, she will serve two years of diversion. If she fails to meet the conditions of her diversion, which include random drug testing, she could serve up to two years in prison. Her sentencing was set for Feb. 7.

Troleen Campbell, 41, of Bonnyman, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She was indicted in May 2012 and charged with selling one Hydrocodone tablet to a cooperating witness on May 25, 2011.

Campbell pleaded guilty in exchange for three years of probation, the conditions of which will include at least one drug test per week during the first year of the probation and 300 hours of community service. Her sentencing was set for Feb. 7.

Jimmy Shepherd, 35, of Louisville, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property over $500. He was indicted in July 2012 on allegations that in Dec. 2011 he took possession of a cast saw and wrist supports belonging to the Hazard ARH while knowing them to have been stolen. His plea agreement will have him serve a year in jail, and he will be sentenced on Feb. 7.

Also pleading guilty on Thursday was 59-year-old William S. Deborde of Jeff, who was indicted in August on charges of driving on a DUI suspended license second offense, DUI third offense, and no insurance stemming from an incident in Nov. 2011. He will serve a total of one year in addition to a $500 fine and 36-month license suspension. Following his plea, his bond was revoked and he was remanded to the custody of the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. He will also appear for sentencing on Feb. 7.

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