Plea deals entered in meth cases
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – Two people entered pleas in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday in a case related to the manufacturing of meth.
Julieanne Davidson, 33, and Jonathan N. Caldwell, 36, both of Hazard, were indicted by the Perry County grand jury in August 2012 on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the indictment, the two were in possession of “equipment for manufacturing methamphetamines” with the intent to sell the drug on July 6, 2012.
Manufacturing meth is a Class B felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Davidson pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia in exchange for a sentence of five years of supervised probation, the conditions of which include community service.
She pleaded guilty in a second case to charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband, and possession of drug paraphernalia, as she was alleged to have been in possession of meth in July 2012. In exchange for her plea she will again be sentenced to five years of probation, the duration of which will run concurrently with the first case. If she fails to meet the conditions of her probation, however, she could serve up to seven years in prison in both cases.
For his part, Caldwell also pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors, though he will serve a total of two years in prison rather than probation, according to the plea agreement announced in court last week. Both Davidson and Caldwell will be sentenced on April 4.
Other cases resolved with a plea deal on Thursday included 31-year-old Tonya Gail Wagers, of Busy, who pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance in exchange for five years of diversion.
Wagers was originally indicted in October on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, DUI, and several traffic offenses. According to the indictment, she was alleged to have possessed oxycodone, methadone, and morphine on July 30, 2012.
In accordance with Wagers’ plea agreement, the trafficking charge will be amended to possession. She additionally pleaded guilty to DUI first offense, no insurance, and no operator’s license. The remaining counts on the indictment will be dismissed.
Conditions of Wagers’ diversion include one drug test per week, weekly meetings with Narcotics Anonymous or Lifeline, and 300 hours of community service. If she fails to meet the conditions of her diversion she could serve to two years in prison.
Ryan Heath Howard, 42, of Viper, will serve two years after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree escape for allegedly escaping from home incarceration on Dec. 1, 2011. He was indicted in September, and a second count of second-degree persistent felony offender will be dismissed, according to the plea agreement announced on Thursday.
Both Howard and Wagers will also be sentenced on April 4.
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