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Seven People Sentenced in Breathitt Drug Cases

JACKSON – Seven people learned how long they will spend in jail for drug-related offences during hearings held in Breathitt Circuit Court.

Commonwealth Attorney Darrell A. Herald said the cases were heard during motion hours before Circuit Court Judge Frank Allen Fletcher on Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 20.

• Richard Neil Deaton, age 26, of Jackson, was sentenced to a total of 15 years for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald said Deaton sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness in January and February 2007. Deaton will serve seven years in jail, with the remaining sentence probated for five years.

• Gregory David Haddix, age 34, of Jackson, was sentenced to 10 years each for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender. Herald said Haddix sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on two occasions in June 2005. These sentences are to run concurrently, but consecutively to an unrelated seven-year sentence he received in Fayette Circuit Court.

• Elaine Hudson, age 54, of Haddix, was sentenced to five years for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Herald said Hudson sold a cooperating witness OxyContin in September 2005.

• Troy Neace, age 41, of Whick, was sentenced to 10 years each for three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and five years for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Herald said Whick sold OxyContin and Lortab to a cooperating witness in October 2004. He later sold more OxyContin in November 2004, and Methadone in May 2006. The sentences are to run concurrently.

• Priscella Prater, age 26, of Jackson, was sentenced to 15 years for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. Herald said Jackson sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness in December 2004. She will serve five years in jail with the remaining sentence probated for five years.

• Amy Smith, age 24, of Jackson, was sentenced to five years for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Herald said Smith sold an undercover police officer OxyContin in October 2004.

• Roy Thorpe Jr., age 47, of Athol (Lee County), was sentenced to seven years in jail. Herald said Thorpe aided Angie Mullins in selling OxyContin in June 2005 and August 2006. At the time he was in possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony, trafficked in alcoholic beverages in a dry territory, and possessed marijuana. Judge Fletcher ordered that $29,114 in cash confiscated by the UNITE Drug Task Force be forfeited.

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