A Perry County woman and teacher within the Perry County School system has entered a guilty plea to one count of second-degree promoting contraband in connection with an incident at the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
Phyllis Sanders, 61, was arrested on April 9 after being indicted by the Perry County Grand Jury the previous month. Sanders is a teacher at Perry County Central High School, although Perry County Superintendent John Paul Amis noted last month that the charges levied against Sanders had nothing to do with her actions as a Perry County Schools employee.
According to Perry County Commonwealth's Attorney Teresa Combs Reed, Sanders entered a guilty plea to second-degree promoting contraband, a class A misdemeanor charge, as part of an agreement in Perry Circuit Court last Thursday. She was originally charged with first-degree promoting contraband, a class D felony.
According to a report in the Corbin Times-Tribune, Sanders, a former teacher in Laurel County, received two years of probation in lieu of 12 months incarceration. The report quotes Reed as noting that Sanders was alleged to have attempted to bring drugs into the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard for her daughter, Holly Sanders, who was incarcerated at the facility at the time of the incident.