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Man gets prison for growing pot

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By Calen McKinney

A Campbellsville man will spend three years in prison for growing marijuana.

Brandon Lee Skaggs, 29, of 600 Underwood St., Apt. C3, in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 2 for sentencing.

In September 2006, Skaggs pleaded guilty to growing more than five marijuana plants and possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana.

At that time, Skaggs was granted a three-year pretrial diversion and sentenced to two years' probation. If he failed the terms of his diversion, Skaggs was to be sentenced to three years in prison.

Skaggs' diversion was voided in November because he failed to report to the probation and parole office and has since been convicted of other misdemeanor crimes.

He was given credit for 58 days he has already served. Court records also list his address as 908 Plainview Drive in Campbellsville.

Also on Bertram's docket:

- Byron Keith Perkins, 40, of 124 Dowell St. in Campbellsville had charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and being a first-degree persistent felony offender against him dismissed without prejudice.

According to Black's Law Dictionary, when charges are dismissed without prejudice, the plaintiff could re-file the same charges against the defendant.

Court records state that the charges were dismissed because Perkins currently faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in November 2005 to federal charges of robbery, use of a firearm during the robbery and selling marijuana. He also faces a charge of escaping from federal custody after being temporarily released from custody to undergo medical testing to determine whether he could donate a kidney to his son. Instead of completing the testing, however, Perkins and Lea Ann Howard fled to Mexico where they were both apprehended more than a year later.

There is currently no court date set for Perkins' federal charges.

Court records also list his address as 705 S. Jackson St. in Campbellsville. A formal order dismissing the charges has not yet been filed at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office, though Bertram's court docket states the charges are dismissed and an order is to be submitted when it is completed.

- Sarah Nicole Holmes, 26, of 98 Tharp Drive in Campbellsville was sentenced to five years' probation on drug charges. Holmes pleaded guilty last month in two separate cases to two counts of first-degree selling cocaine.

She was ordered to pay $340 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department and a $1,000 fine.

Court records also list her address as 38 Anna Court in Campbellsville.

- Timothy Groves, 45, of 301 Johnson St. in Campbellsville was sentenced to two years' probation on an assault charge.

In September, Groves pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault. He originally faced a second-degree charge.

Also in September, one of Groves' two co-defendants, George Lewis Smith, 44, of 341 Handley Ave. in Campbellsville, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. A charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.

Lewis also appeared before Bertram and was sentenced to five years' probation.

Groves and Lewis were ordered to pay restitution to the alleged victim. Court records also list Groves' address as 28 Johnson St. in Campbellsville.

Groves and Lewis' remaining co-defendant, Richard Robert Scott, 34, of 202 Cedar St. in Campbellsville was sentenced to serve eight years in prison in September.

- Glen Burchett, 61, of 736 Buckner St. in Campbellsville pleaded guilty in two separate cases to third-degree selling a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree selling a controlled substance and selling a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.

The prosecutor has recommended that Burchett receive a two-year sentence, be sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay $1,130 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department Drug Elimination Fund. The prosecutor has remained silent as to whether Burchett shall serve the two-year sentence in prison or receive probation. Formal sentencing is set for Jan. 20.

- Cheryl Lynn Harmon, 32, of 118 Whites Court in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit theft by unlawful taking more than $300. She originally faced a charge of theft by unlawful taking more than $300. A charge of being a second-degree persistent offender was dismissed.

In another case, charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and an additional charge of being a second-degree persistent offender were dismissed, though a formal order dismissing the charges has yet to be filed at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

Harmon was sentenced to six months' probation. Court records also list her address as Cheyenne Drive in Campbellsville.

- Jason Lynn Wethington, 29, of 427 Main St. in Columbia pleaded guilty to DUI, his fourth or subsequent offense. A charge of failure to wear a seat belt was dismissed.

The prosecutor has recommended that Wethington receive a four-year sentence to be served at the same time as a sentence in a Marion County case.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 15. Court records also list his address as 427 Wain St. in Columbia.

- David Lee Harmon, 28, of 15 Blue Ridge Road in Campbellsville was sentenced to five years' probation on a fraud charge.

In October, Harmon pleaded guilty to more than $100 in fraudulent use of a credit card within six months.

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