Adams sentenced to 20 months in circuit court

Published 10:54 am Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A woman from Slemp was recently sentenced to 20 months in prison in Harlan Circuit Court after entering a negotiated guilty plea.

Jessica Adams, 26, appeared before Harlan Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson on Aug. 1. She was represented by her attorney, Cynthia Allison. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathon Lee handled the matter for the state.

According to the final judgment order, Adams entered a negotiated plea of guilty on July 17, to manufacturing methamphetamine (amended), first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified) and possession of drug paraphernalia, which stems from crimes committed on May 17, 2015.

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The court found imprisonment was necessary for the protection of the public because there was a substantial risk Adams would commit another crime during any period of probation/conditional discharge, stating it would unduly depreciated the seriousness of her crime. The court also ruled that Adams is in need of correctional treatment that can be provided most effective by her commitment to a correctional institution, as stated in the final judgment order.

Hendrickson sentenced Adams to 20 months in prison, acknowledging she would not move for shock probation.

Victoria Wilkie, 25, of Harlan, also came before Hendrickson on Aug. 1, on the state’s motion to revoke her probation.

According to the probation revocation order, Wilkie did not abide by the terms and conditions of her probation.

Wilkie was granted probation on April 4 after entering a negotiated plea of guilty in Harlan Circuit Court on March 20, to first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, third-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

Wilkie was granted a probated five years, all supervised through drug court, with mandatory successful completion of drug court as well.

Wilkie failed to abide by these terms as stated in a specialty court affidavit of violations of drug court report from coordinator Carol Witt. Wilkie admitted to criminal activity after evidence was found on her found, according to the probation revocation order.

Hendrickson revoked Wilkie’s probation and remanded her to the custody of the Kentucky Department of Correction to complete her five year sentence.