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Campbellsville man sentenced to five years on drug charges

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By Calen McKinney

A Campbellsville man will spend five years in prison for selling drugs.

Velvet Mandrell Smith, 26, of 105 McNary St. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree selling cocaine. A second-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Bertram sentenced Smith to serve five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $100 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department Drug Elimination Fund.

In another case, Smith was sentenced to five years' probation for not paying child support.

In January 2007, Smith pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support. A second-degree charge of being a persistent felony offender was dismissed.

Court records also list Smith's address as 615 Collins St., Apt. 4, 214 Rockford and Scott Terrace Apartments, all in Campbellsville.

Also on Bertram's docket:

- Rhonda Louise Dickens, 40, of 106 Howell St. in Campbellsville was sentenced to five years' probation on drug and other charges.

In January 2007, Dickens pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. A first-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed.

According to court records, the charges against Dickens stem from a February 2006 home visit by probation and parole officers.

Dickens' arrest citation states officers found a broken perfume bottle with cocaine residue in the freezer while searching her Howell Street apartment. A handgun was also found under a seat cushion.

Court records also list Dickens' address as 910 Melrose in Campbellsville.

- Juan T. Groves, 28, of 501 Crescent Hill in Campbellsville was sentenced to two years' probation on a drug charge.

Earlier in December, Groves pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree selling cocaine. A charge of criminal syndication was dismissed.

Groves was also ordered to forfeit a vehicle currently held as evidence by Campbellsville Police. Court records also list his address as 80 Greenleaf Drive in Campbellsville.

One of Groves' five co-defendants - Donn Zuaneckk Cecil, 27, of 107 Ray St. in Campbellsville - also appeared before Bertram and was sentenced to two years' probation.

Cecil also pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree selling cocaine. He originally faced a charge of first-degree selling cocaine, his second offense. A charge of criminal syndication was dismissed because court records state Cecil cooperated with law enforcement.

Two other co-defendants in the case - Angela Lynn Johnson, 21, of 209 S. Court St. in Campbellsville and Anya Katrina Scott, 30, of 111 Baptist St. in Campbellsville - also pleaded guilty to similar charges against them in December.

Johnson was granted a five-year pretrial diversion. The prosecutor has recommended that Scott receive a three-year sentence. Sentencing is Feb. 19.

In November 2007, another co-defendant, Ryan O'Neal Johnson, 27, of 209 S. Court St. in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to charges against him and the prosecutor has recommended that he be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Formal sentencing is Feb. 5.

The last remaining co-defendant in the case - Latanja Toneika Groves, 27, whose last known address is 215 Arbor Lane in Campbellsville - will appear in court for a pretrial conference on Feb. 5.

- Charles "Chuck" Edward Brockman, 58, of 366 Highland Drive in Campbellsville was sentenced to three years' probation on DUI and other charges.

In July 2007, Brockman pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, a second-offense DUI, speeding, having no or an expired registration plate and having no insurance.

Charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police, speeding, improper passing, two counts of disregarding a stop sign, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to have a license in his possession, having no or an expired Kentucky registration receipt, driving on the wrong side of the road and being a first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.

Brockman was also ordered to serve 60 days in jail and pay a $350 fine. He was given credit for 148 days he has already served.

He was also ordered to attend an alcohol and drug education course and have his car impounded for 12 months.

- Patty Louise Burress aka Patsy Cox Burress, 53, of 3774 Speck Ridge Road in Elk Horn was sentenced to five years' probation on theft charges.

In October, Burress pleaded guilty in two separate cases to theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and two counts of theft of a controlled substance valued at more than $300. Burress was ordered to pay $3,060 in restitution.

- Terrill Chadney Judd, 41, of 768 W. Buckner Hill in Greensburg was sentenced to five years' probation on drug and other charges in two separate cases.

In October, Judd pleaded guilty to 13 counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks in one case and had a diversion revoked in another.

In the second case, Judd pleaded guilty in July 2006 to first-degree possession of cocaine, possession of drug supplies and not having a controlled substance in its proper container. At that time, he was sentenced to two years' probation on the misdemeanor charges of possession of drug supplies and not having a controlled substance in its proper container.

A month later, Judd was granted a five-year pretrial diversion on the felony possession of cocaine charge. If he failed the terms of his diversion, he was to be sentenced to two years in prison.

Judd's diversion was voided because he pleaded guilty to the charges in his other case.

- Laura J. Montgomery, 44, of 501 Russell St. in Campbellsville completed the terms of her diversion and had a drug charge against her dismissed.

In October 2004, Montgomery entered an Alford plea to first-degree possession of cocaine. Charges of disregarding a stop sign and failure to notify an address change to the Department of Transportation were dismissed.

With an Alford plea, a defendant recognizes that the court has enough evidence to convict, though the defendant maintains his or her innocence. The court treats an Alford plea the same way as a guilty plea.

At that time, Montgomery was granted a three-year pretrial diversion. Court records also list her address as Greensburg.

- Christopher Lee Roberts, 20, of 415 Antioch Church Road in Columbia completed the terms of his diversion and had a theft charge against him dismissed.

In December 2005, Roberts pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking more than $300 from Amazon.com.

At that time, Roberts was granted a two-year pretrial diversion.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com.