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Man pleads guilty in South Point meth case

Published 12:00am Sunday, September 29, 2013

An Ashland, Ky., man accused of making meth in a South Point apartment admitted the crime Friday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Patrick Kelley, 36, of 2239 Barbeque St., pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of illegal manufacture of drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper set sentencing for 2 p.m. Friday.

Kelley faces a maximum of eight years in prison.

Last week, Ashley Kelley, 21, of the same address, pleaded guilty Thursday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to a second-degree count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs relating to the case.

She was sentenced to four years in prison, a $7,500 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the Kelleys and others were arrested after deputies were called to the Lawrence Village Apartments in late July on complaints of a suspicious odor and smoke coming from a window in one of the apartments.

Others who have entered not guilty pleas in the case are Elvis Adkins, 25, of 518 Marion Pike Apt 5, Coal Grove, complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs; Cora Harmon, 22, of 214 Carl Perkins Drive, Ashland, Ky., complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs; and Jessica Robinson, 25, of 1097 County Road 1 Apt 30, South Point, complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs.

In an unrelated case Friday, Gordon Meredith Jr., 46, of 102 Township Road 1336 South Point, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree counts of possession of criminal tools and breaking and entering at BioMass near The Point industrial park in South Point. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass of BioMass and Mercier’s at The Point.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the man to two years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation, STAR and 200 hours community service. Thirty days in the county jail were suspended.

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