March 7, 2013
HAZARD – A 10-year prison sentence was handed down to a Perry County man this week who was arrested as part of an investigation into narcotics trafficking.
George Hagan, 35, pleaded guilty early this year to charges of first-degree trafficking after admitting that he sold the drug oxycodone, a painkiller, to a cooperating witness on two occasions in April and May 2011.
Hagan appeared in Perry Circuit Court again on Thursday, where Judge William Engle sentenced him in both cases to serve a total of 10 years. He was remanded to the custody of the Kentucky Department of Corrections following his sentence.
Other defendants sentenced on Thursday include 19-year-old Cheyenne Ritchie of Mousie, Ky. Ritchie was indicted in two cases in 2012, the first on charges of third-degree assault, second-degree fleeing police, and third-degree escape.
On June 20, 2012, Ritchie assaulted a police officer while being pursued by him, and later attempted to escape from custody. She was later indicted for introducing prohibited items into the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
She pleaded guilty to each of the charges during an appearance in January, and will serve up to two years for both cases, according to the sentenced handed down this week.
Michael Campbell, 30, was sentenced to three years probation on an amended count of first-degree trafficking. He was indicted in January 2011 on allegations that he sold oxycodone to a cooperating witness in January 2008.
Campbell pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for supervised probation, with conditions including random drug testing and his completion of a 10-week outpatient drug abuse program administered by the Division of Probation and Parole.
Keith Rogers, 33, of Hazard, could serve up to three years on an amended charge of third-degree burglary.
Rogers burglarized a residence in Perry County on June 25 with another man, and was indicted in August on one count of second-degree burglary, a charge that carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and was sentenced to a total of three years to serve.
Pleading guilty on Thursday was 32-year-old Rebecca Hoskins of Whitesburg, who was indicted in March 2012 on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and DUI. She was alleged to have illegally possessed oxycodone on Sept. 22, 2011. She pleaded guilty to both charges in exchange for a two-year diverted sentence. Conditions of her diversion include one drug test per year for the first year, weekly meetings with Narcotics Anonymous or Lifeline, and 300 hours of community service. She will be sentenced on April 11.