Man indicted on 8 wanton endangerment charges

Cris Ritchie — Editor

October 4, 2013

HAZARD—A Leslie County man was indicted last week on multiple wanton endangerment charges after police said he used a spoon at a local business to cook an injection of the drug buprenorphine.

Randy Sampsell, 36, of Wooton, was arrested on the morning of May 24 when police responded to a complaint at Crowe Tire on North Main Street that a man was inside the business using drugs.

Patrolman Doug Ashley with the Hazard Police Department said in May that Sampsell had taken into the restroom a spoon that employees and customers at the business used to stir coffee. Ashley added that Sampsell admitted he had used the spoon as a vessel in which to dissolve an amount of the pain killer buprenorphine before loading a syringe and injecting the drug into his system.

After using the spoon, Sampsell was alleged to have rinsed the silverware with water and replaced it where he had originally picked it up inside the business.

Sampsell was indicted on Sept. 27 on eight counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony which carries a maximum of five years in prison for each count. According to the indictment, Sampsell left the spoon in an area of the business where other people could have used it, “therefore endangering the lives of employees and customers.”

Sampsell is additionally facing charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $25,000.