A Minden man was sentenced last Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court to a term at the Anthony Correctional Center on drug charges under the state’s youthful offender program.

Damien Thompson, 20, will spend anywhere from six months to two years at the center — where he was also ordered to acquire his high school equivalency diploma (GED), enroll in a substance abuse program, and take advantage of trade and vocational training.

Thompson pleaded guilty on Nov. 17 to a charge of delivery of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. A TRIDENT anti-drug operation on May 26 allegedly caught Thompson with 0.1 grams of cocaine in the Whipple area.

“I’m sorry,” said a penitent Thompson. “I know I made a mistake. I had a drug problem. I just want to change my life. I’m not as bad as they say I am.”

Judge John Hatcher chastised the young man for a lack of education and work history, imploring him to take hold of both.

“You’re 20 years old, you have an eighth-grade education, and you have no work history,” Hatcher said.

“You have absolutely nothing to offer the job market, other than the most menial type of jobs. You are squarely behind the proverbial ‘eight ball.’ You are without direction, without any job skills, and with no thoughts for the future or goals in life. It’s terribly sad.”

Hatcher added that Thompson will remain incarcerated at Southern Regional Jail until a bed becomes available at the center.

A man who now claims to live in Lynchburg, Va., was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation following a guilty plea last month in an uttering case.

Kenneth E. Adkins, 42, had his prison sentence of one to 10 years suspended. In addition, he was ordered by Hatcher to pay $515 in restitution to his victim, along with court costs. He must also remain gainfully employed and enter a substance abuse counseling program.

The uttering charge is linked to incidents in which prosecutors said he took $113 in checks from a mailbox for an electrical company and cashed them at the Kroger on Lochgelly Road in Oak Hill.

“The difference between the amount he took and the amount of restitution corresponds to what it cost the victim to stop payment on all of those things,” explained Fayette County prosecutor Carl Harris.

“The victims not only lost money, but they had to make sure bills were paid for checks written. Adkins has kept himself clean since then, but we need to monitor him closely.”

Adkins spoke of his feelings of contrition as he awaited sentencing. “I take full responsibility. I’m willing to make an apology or repay any money I can. All I need is a chance in my life. I’m sincere about getting my life straightened out.”

Before passing sentence, Hatcher quoted from famed crooner Jimmy Buffett to get his point across to Adkins.

“Jimmy Buffett said that a tattoo is a permanent reminder of a momentary thought,” Hatcher said, referring to numerous tattoos on Adkins’ body.

“You’ve scarred your body with ill-advised tattoos. I think it’s evident that you’ve been on the wrong side of the wall.”

A Stanaford man was sentenced to at least a year in prison following an incident last April in which he led police officers on a drunken pursuit from Oak Hill to Whipple.

Thomas D. Warwick, 41, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for a third offense of driving while a driver’s license is revoked for driving under the influence (DUI).

He will spend one to five years in prison — running concurrently with the other charge — for fleeing from a police officer in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Both crimes are felonies.

Police officers were forced to eventually run Warwick’s vehicle off of the road to persuade him to stop. Assistant prosecutor Neil Boden added that, when Warwick’s blood alcohol level was tested, it registered a score of 0.284.

Warwick pleaded guilty to both charges on Nov. 17. Boden explained that state law requires that a person convicted of the first charge be sentenced to that mandatory term, with no flexibility for parole. Thus, his sentence for the first crime began on that date.

Hatcher also denied a motion by Warwick’s attorney for home confinement.

— E-mail: mhill@register-herald.com

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