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Courts hear guilty pleas in meth cases

Published 10:07am Thursday, October 11, 2012

Three people in connection with a Hanging Rock meth lab pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Earl Horsley II, 33, of 36 Mound Road, Greenup, Ky., pleaded guilty to second-degree illegal manufacturing of drugs, third-degree illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs, fifth-degree possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence.

Horsley was represented by attorney Scott Evans.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to eight years in prison, a $5,000 fine and a three-year driver’s license suspension for count one; three years in prison and a $3,750 fine for count two; three years in prison for count for three; and one year in prison for court four.

Cooper ordered that the sentences run concurrently for a total of eight years in prison.

Katie Horsley, 31, of 164 Township Road 283 N, Ironton, and Milissa York, 27, of 3692 State Route 503, Wurtland, Ky., also pleaded guilty in connection with the meth lab.

Each was charged with second-degree complicity to the manufacturing of drugs and fifth-degree possessing criminal tools.

Cooper sentenced both women to a total of four years in prison and ordered them to pay a $5,000 fine and suspended their driver’s licenses for two years.

Horsley was represented by attorney Carol Jean Hampton; York was represented by attorney J.T. Holt.

In August, the Hanging Rock Police Department found the active meth lab on Daniels Drive in August.

According to the authorities, some of the defendants tried to flush the chemicals down the toilet, which then melted the toilet.

There are five more defendants awaiting prosecution in the case.

In a separate case, Donald Workman, 29, of 106 Township Road 616, South Point, pleaded guilty to three separate indictments: second-degree illegal manufacturing of drugs (meth), third-degree tampering with evidence and fourth-degree failure to appear.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced Workman to eight years in prison and ordered him to pay a $7,500 fine and suspended his driver’s license for three years for the meth charge; three years in prison for tampering and 17 months for failure to appear.

Bowling ordered the sentenced be served concurrently for a total of eight years in prison. Workman was represented by attorney Scott Evans.

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