Blevins sentenced in 3 drug cases

Joey Blevins was back in court on Oct. 4 to receive sentencing on three drug cases. He was in court on Sept. 9 for a probation revocation hearing for a 2015 case and was ordered to begin serving a 10-year prison sentence at that time.

Blevins, 38, of Closplint, appeared with his attorney Russell Alred in front of Harlan Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson on Oct. 4 for sentencing after entering a plea agreement. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathon Lee handled matters for the state.

According to the sentence judgment, Blevins entered into a plea agreement on Sept. 21 to the three indictments. The charges included first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (five years in prison), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (five years in prison), trafficking marijuana (12 months in jail), possession of drug paraphernalia (12 months in jail), second-degree fleeing or evading police (12 months in jail) and an amended charge of second-degree persistent felony offender (enhanced to a greater penalty). All charges will run concurrently with the PFO enhanced to 10 years; second case: first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (five years in prison) and second-degree persistent felony offender (enhanced to 10 years in prison); third case: first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (five years in prison) and second-degree persistent felony offender (enhanced to 10 years in prison).

Cases 17-CR-00080, 17-CR-00107 and 17-CR-00110 will run concurrently with each other for 10 years, and run concurrently with the sentence already incurred in cases 15-CR-00007 and 15-CR-00155. He is to serve 10 years for all five cases.

In other court action:

* Tina Britt, 46, of Harlan, was sentenced to one year in prison on a charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. Charges of public intoxication and second-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed;

* Jason Shepherd, 36, of Cumberland, was sentenced to three years in prison on an amended charge of third-degree burglary. The persistent felony offender charge was dismissed. Shepherd was ordered to have no further contact with the victim in the case;

* Sylvia Chasteen (aka Sylvia Hancock), 43, of Harlan, was sentenced on charges of first-degree promoting contraband (three years in prison), first-degree promoting contraband (three years in prison), second-degree promoting contraband (90 days in jail), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (12 months in jail), possession of a legend drug (12 months in jail), tampering with physical evidence (three years in prison) and persistent felony offender was dismissed.

All of the charges will run concurrently for a total of three years in prison. As part of the plea agreement, she acknowledged she will not seek shock probation in accordance with (Hidalgo vs. Commonwealth Ky. 2009).