Ray begins jail term

Published 10:31 am Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Dayhoit woman was ordered to begin serving a sentence of 12 months in jail after her probation was revoked recently in Harlan Circuit Court.

Amber Ray, 24, appeared in front of Harlan Circuit Court Judge Kent Hendrickson on March 15, on the Commonwealth’s motion to revoke probation. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathon Lee handled the matter for the state.

According to the probation revocation order, Ray entered a plea of guilty on March 21, 2013, to second-degree promoting contraband, DUI and third-degree possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to a total of 12 months in the county jail. She was granted probation on the sentence.

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Ray was sentenced on charges stemming from her arrest on March 7, 2012, by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Brewer.

The grand jury handed down a three-count indictment on Dec. 3, 2012.

According to the indictment, Ray introduced hydrocodone into the Harlan County Detention Center on March 7, 2012. She was also indicted for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and being in possession of hydrocodone.

Brewer presented evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.

The order to revoke probation states Ray failed to abide by the terms and conditions of probation, evidenced by a notice of violations and termination from Drug Court on Nov. 13, 2015. The notice of termination states Ray absconded from the program. She additionally failed to comply with the terms of Drug Court by not taking drug tests. She also made no contact with Drug Court after September 8, 2015.

Hendrickson found Ray’s failure to comply with the conditions of supervision a significant risk to the community and that she could not be appropriately managed in the community.

Hendrickson ordered Ray’s probation revoked. She was remanded into custody to begin serving her sentence.