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Two enter pleas in crime ring case

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By Calen McKinney

The last of five Campbellsville residents accused of operating a crime ring have pleaded guilty to charges against them.

The five were indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in February 2007.

According to the indictments, the defendants were accused of conspiring together in the theft and distribution of stolen property in December 2006.

Indicted were:

- Joseph Q. Seadler, 24, of 420 Kenny St.

- Megan Michelle Wise, 20, of 403 Smith Ridge Road.

- Timothy Wayne Crum, 28, also of 420 Kenny St.

- Kimberly Lynn Carney, 27, also of 420 Kenny St.

- Dennis C. Haulk Jr., 25, of 216 Bell Ave.

Haulk and Carney appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 20, respectively.

All of the defendants were charged with being part of a criminal syndicate.

Seadler was also charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft by unlawful taking more than $300, criminal facilitation to commit third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Wise was also charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking more than $300, tampering with physical evidence and criminal facilitation to commit third-degree burglary.

Crum was also charged with third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking more than $300, first-degree criminal mischief and criminal facilitation to commit third-degree burglary.

Carney was also charged with receiving more than $300 in stolen property, criminal facilitation to commit third-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence.

Haulk was also charged with receiving more than $300 in stolen property.

The criminal syndication charges were dismissed against both Haulk and Carney. The prosecutor has recommended that Haulk receive a one-year sentence on his receiving stolen property charge. Formal sentencing is set for June 17.

Carney pleaded guilty to receiving more than $300 in stolen property and tampering with physical evidence. The criminal facilitation charge was dismissed in addition to the criminal syndication charge.

Carney was granted a five-year pretrial diversion. If she fails the terms of her diversion, she will be sentenced to five years in prison. Her case is set for review May 17, 2011.

Seadler, Wise and Crum pleaded guilty to amended charges last month. Criminal syndication charges were also dismissed against them.

Seadler was sentenced to serve three years in prison. The prosecutor has recommended that Wise receive a three-year sentence and Crum a five-year sentence. Formal sentencing in both cases is set for June 3.

The five defendants were also ordered to jointly pay $5,027.03 in restitution.

The charges stem from the December 2006 burglary of G&S Automotive Sales in which the defendants broke into a back window and stole a safe containing $3,500 in cash and a handgun.

Also on George's May 6 docket:

- Richard "Ricky" D. Johnson, 38, of 10 Purcell Court or 112 Layton Drive, both in Campbellsville, pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his sex offender registration.

On the Kentucky sex offender registration Web site, however, Johnson is listed as "compliant" with the terms of his registration. His address on the site is listed as 29 Purcell Court.

According to court records, a police investigation found that Johnson had listed his address as 807 Gidget Trail but had been living at both 108 and 112 Layton Drive.

The Kentucky Online Sex Offender Registry Web Site lists Johnson as a 10-year registrant who first registered in January 2004.

According to the Web site, he was convicted of first-degree attempted or solicitation of sodomy of a 22-year-old.

A first-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed. The prosecutor has recommended that Johnson receive a three-year sentence and comply with the terms of his registration. Formal sentencing is set for June 17.

- Homer Jones Jr., 50, of Hamm School Road in Somerset had a theft charge against him dismissed.

Jones was charged with theft by deception more than $300.

Court records state the charge was dismissed without prejudice because Jones has paid restitution and he admitted there was cause for arrest. Records also list Jones' address as 240 Linn Road in Eubank, Ky.

- Sheila G. Caldwell, 50, of 230 Arbor Lane in Campbellsville had her probation revoked and was sentenced to serve three years in jail.

In January 2007, Caldwell pleaded guilty to 12 counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks.

At that time, Caldwell was granted a four-year pretrial diversion and ordered to pay $320 in restitution. If she failed the terms of her diversion, she was to be sentenced to three years in prison.

Caldwell's diversion was voided in February because she tested positive for drug use and faced charges in Taylor District Court of possession of drug supplies, two counts of having a controlled substance not in its original container, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, DUI and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Two months later, Caldwell was sentenced to five years' probation. That probation was voided because she now faces additional new charges. She was given credit for 28 days she has already served.

- David Williams Cornett Jr., 38, c/o David Cornett Sr. and Earlene Cornett, of 12120 Blackbeard Lane in Thonotsassa, Fla. was sentenced to five years' probation for failure to pay child support.

In April, Cornett pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support. Cornett was ordered to remain current on his child support payments and pay $42,000 in restitution.

- Cory Robert Cox, 18, of 2067 Speck Ridge Road in Elk Horn pleaded guilty to more than $300 in fraudulent insurance acts.

Cox was granted a five-year pretrial diversion and ordered to pay $100 in restitution to Kentucky Farm Bureau.

If Cox fails the terms of his diversion, he is to be sentenced to three years in prison. His case is set for review May 7, 2013.

- Andrew T. Edwards, 21, of 75 Anna Court in Campbellsville was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail on drug and other charges.

In February 2007, Edwards pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine, possession of drug supplies, having a controlled substance prescription not in its original container and receiving less than $300 in stolen property. He originally faced a charge of selling cocaine.

Edwards' sentence is to be served after he completes a sentence for a Jefferson County conviction. He was given credit for 174 days he has already served.

Court records also list his address as 2207 Carrie Bolin Drive in Columbia.

- Michael Wayne Mitchell, 27, of 1120 Apache in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to selling marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school.

The prosecutor has recommended that Mitchell receive a two-year sentence and be ordered to pay $50 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department Drug Elimination Fund. Formal sentencing is set for June 17.

- Kristi Michelle Nelson, 34, of 631 Friendship Road in Campbellsville was sentenced to five years' probation on a drug charge. In March, Nelson pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine.

Nelson was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Court records also list her address as 70 Hunters Trace in Campbellsville.

- Latiea T. Jouett-Schuerman aka Latica T. Jouett aka Latiea T. Jovett, 21, of 404 Garvey Ave. in Elsmere, Ky. completed the terms of her diversion and had drug charges against her dismissed.

In May 2006, Jouett-Schuerman pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine and possession of drug supplies.

At that time, she was granted a two-year pretrial diversion and sentenced to two years' probation.

- John Daniel Sublett, 22, of 112 Shreveport Drive in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to more than $300 in fraudulent insurance acts and falsely reporting an incident.

Sublett was granted a five-year pretrial diversion and sentenced to two years' probation. He was ordered to pay $4,891 in restitution to Kentucky Farm Bureau.

If he fails the terms of his diversion, Sublett will be sentenced to five years in prison. His case is set for review May 7, 2013.

- Matthew A. Williams, 29, of 120 S. Central Ave. or 114 E. Walnut St., both in Campbellsville, completed the terms of his diversion and had a theft charge against him dismissed.

In June 2006, Williams pleaded guilty to theft by deception more than $300. At that time, he was granted a three-year pretrial diversion and ordered to pay $1,832.61 in restitution.

Court records also list his address as 384 N. Fork Road in Madisonville, Tenn.

- 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.