Man gets five years for 4th DUI charge
by Cris Ritchie Editor
HAZARD A Knott County man convicted on multiple traffic related charges will spend the next five years in prison.
William Hicks, 37, of Emmalena, was formally sentenced during a court appearance in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday.
Hicks was indicted in June 2010 on charges including his fourth DUI offense, which he was convicted of last year as well. He was also indicted for his third driving on a DUI suspended license charge as well as possession of marijuana, failure to maintain required insurance, failure to produce an insurance card and giving an officer a false name or address.
According to the indictment, Hicks was arrested on his fourth DUI charge on March 4, 2010 by Hazard Police. The charge made his fourth such offense in the preceding five years. The charge is a Class D felony punishable by a maximum term of five years, as is the third offense of driving on a DUI suspended license.
Hicks received sentences for each charge on the indictment, with the exception of the failure to produce insurance card violation which was dismissed, for a total of five years to serve. His sentence is set to run at the same time as a future sentence in a pending case in Knott County. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and lose his driving license for five years.
In two separate cases, two men entered guilty pleas and are set for formal sentencing next month.
Hyden Brewer, 33, of Hazard, pled guilty to one count each of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and public intoxication. According to the plea announced on Thursday, Brewer will serve a total of three years.
Estill Deaton, 36, of Yerkes, was in court on two cases. In the most recent case dating to 2010, Deaton pled guilty to one count of felony theft and agreed to serve one year and pay restitution of $500.
In a second case dating back to 2009, Deatons probation was revoked for alleged drug use and for failing to show up for a scheduled meeting with his probation officer. He admitted to the violation and his probation was revoked. He was serving a 24-month probationary sentence after pleading guilty in early 2010 to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft.
Both Deaton and Brewer are set for sentencing on February 24.
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