November 30, 2012
HAZARD – A Perry County man indicted in three separate felony cases in less than a year will now serve up to 10 years in prison.
John W. Sexton, 23, of Yerkes, was first indicted by the grand jury in Perry County in Dec. 2011 on charges of receiving stolen property over $500 and second-degree persistent felony offender. He was alleged to have been in possession of several stolen items, including saddles and bridles, in Sept. 2011.
Sexton was indicted only seven months later, along with 31-year-old Kellie J. Stidham of Jackson, in a separate case alleging that the two burglarized a residence at some time between August and Oct. 2011, stealing items valued at more than $500. The two were charged with one count each of second- and third-degree burglary, and theft over $500.
Exactly a month later, Sexton was indicted yet again on several more charges, including second-degree burglary and second-degree assault along with several misdemeanors. He was alleged to have burglarized a residence on July 12, 2012, during which he bit the homeowner on the arm, causing serious injury.
Sexton appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday, Nov. 29 for sentencing in each of the cases. Agreements were made which resulted in Sexton pleading to guilty to several charges, including receiving stolen property, burglary, theft, assault, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment, and criminal mischief, in exchange for a sentence of 10 years to serve.
Those sentences were handed down in court this week, as were orders for Sexton to begin paying restitution once released from prison. He will be required to pay $2,050 restitution to the victim of the burglary dating to 2011, and an additional $1,400 to various parties stemming from the second burglary case.
Following Sexton’s sentencing, Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Reed moved to dismiss the case against Kellie Stidham, who was alleged to have participated in the burglary with Sexton in 2011. The victim in that case was also present Thursday, noting that she later found out that Stidham was not involved, and agreed with the dismissal.