Man pleads to 10 years in drug case
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – A Perry County man could serve up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty this week to drug dealing charges.
George Andrew Hagan, 35, appeared in Perry Circuit Court Thursday on two separate cases alleging drug trafficking. In the first case, he was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, for allegedly selling the prescription drug Oxycodone to a cooperating witness on two instances in April and May 2011.
He was indicted in the second case on two counts of first-degree trafficking, accused of selling Oxycodone on two separate instances in March 2011.
Hagan pleaded guilty in both cases in exchange for a maximum sentence of 10 years to serve, according to the agreement announced in court Thursday morning. He will be formally sentenced on March 7 in Hazard.
Also in court this week was 45-year-old William Wooton of Hazard.
Wooton was indicted in June 2012 on one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, fewer than 10 dosage units, a Class D felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.
Wooton was charged by Hazard police with selling seven Oxycodone tablets on Feb. 29, 2012. He pleaded guilty to an amended count of trafficking for a sentence of three years probation. Circuit Judge William Engle handed down that sentence this week, which includes conditions such as random drug testing and 300 hours of community service. If Wooton fails to meet the conditions of his probation, he could serve up to three years in prison.
Michael Campbell, 30, entered a guilty plea to one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He was indicted in January 2011 on allegations that he sold Oxycodone to a cooperating witness in January 2008.
His plea agreement includes five years to serve, probated for three years. His probation will include certain conditions such as random drug testing. His sentencing is set for March 7.
Two men were sentenced this week on an amended misdemeanor charge in a case dating back to July 2012.
Emmanuel Combs, 25, of Hazard, and 30-year-old Dewayne Combs were initially charged with two counts of felony theft for stealing a drain pipe belonging to the Perry County Fiscal Court on April 9, 2012, and a bus used to store hay from a private individual on April 26.
The two pleaded guilty on Thursday to amended charges of third-degree criminal mischief, allowing Judge Engle to proceed with sentencing, which includes 12 months of diversion and $2,000 in restitution.
A third defendant in the case has not yet entered a plea, according to statements made in court.
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