2014-10-15 / Front Page

Grand jury charges man with stealing from elderly couple and funeral home

A Whitesburg man has been named by the Letcher Grand Jury in nine indictments charging him with forging checks over an eightmonth period.

In the first indictment, Bryan Lynn Sexton, 40, of 200 Alaska Ave., is accused of three counts of possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and three counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check).

The grand jury says in November 2013, Sexton cashed checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $50.38, $47.83 and $83.18 at Food City of Whitesburg.

The other eight indictments naming Sexton list the months during which he allegedly cashed other forged checks and the resulting charges. Those are:

• December 2013, seven counts of possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and seven counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $77.56, $72.11, $95.86, $68.17, $63.01, $40.77 and $39.46 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• January 2014, five counts of pos- session of a forged instrument (second degree) and five counts of theft by deception under $ 500 ( includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $49.22, $38.63, $56.82, $86.51 and $64.86 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• February 2014, six counts of possession of a forged instrument ( second degree) and six counts of theft by deception under $ 500 ( includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $45.37, $21.46, $32.67, $68.82, $33 and $52.53 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• March 2014, three counts of possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and three counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $61.93, $36.51 and $56.75 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• April 2014, seven counts of possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and seven counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $70.10, $113.02, $115.60, $87.60, $154.15, $180.47 and $129.01 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• May 2014, four counts of possession of a forged instrument ( second degree) and four counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $124.43, $218.45, $127.43 and $182 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• June 2014, three counts of possession of a forged instrument ( second degree) and three counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Emmitt and Juanita Everidge for $41.47, $154.09 and $319.92 at Food City of Whitesburg.

• June 2014, four counts of possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and four counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check) Sexton is charged with cashing checks drawn on the Whitaker Bank of Whitesburg of Everidge & Hatton, Inc. for $400, $383.76, $344.50 and $298.08 at Wal-Mart of Whitesburg.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the cases.

Others indicted by the grand jury are:

• Billy Wayne Wyatt — Criminal abuse and being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

Wyatt, 29, of P.O. Box 1053, Neon, and 30 Wheaton Hollow, Jenkins, is charged with injuring a child less than 14 years old on May 20.

Jenkins Assistant Police Chief Crystal Davis testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Wyatt is accused of wanton endangerment ( first degree), leaving scene of accident/failure to render aid, criminal mischief (second degree), resisting arrest, possession of synthetic drugs, public intoxication (excludes alcohol) and being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

The grand jury says Wyatt was speeding in his automobile on June 3 with an infant passenger when he collided with a lawn barrier at the residence of Stacey Bentley and fled the scene, leaving the infant behind. Wyatt is accused of resisting arrest by Jenkins Police Officer Josh Richardson, possession of synthetic marijuana and being intoxicated with a controlled substance.

Jenkins Police Officer Josh Richardson testified.

• Shannon Dale Johnson— possession of controlled substances not in original container, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance (third degree) and possession of a controlled substance (first degree).

The grand jury says Johnson, 38, of 6797 Dorton Jenkins Highway, Jenkins, possessed Oxycodone and another controlled substance on November 13, 2013. He is also charged with having two sets of brass knuckles concealed in the console of his automobile.

Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens testified in the case.

• Norman Leo Monroe — possession of synthetic drugs, trafficking in synthetic drugs and wanton endangerment.

The grand jury says Monroe, 65, of 106 Smokey Row, Jenkins, was in possession of and was trafficking in synthetic marijuana labeled “not for human consumption” on August 4.

Jenkins Police Officer Josh Richardson testified in the case.

• Shawn Neal Cook — criminal complicity to theft of identity and criminal complicity to theft by deception under $10,000 (includes cold checks).

The grand jury says Cook, 35, of 497 Cane Hollow, Whitesburg, and 3030 Hwy. 1148, Whitesburg, acted with Tiffany L. Whitaker when Whitaker used identifying information of Chasity Eversole to obtain property including two cell phones and services from Verizon Wireless on April 7.

• Tiffany L. Whitaker — criminal complicity to theft of identity and criminal complicity to theft by deception under $10,000 (includes cold checks).

The grand jury says Whitaker, 26, of 3030 Hwy. 1148, Whitesburg, acted with Shawn Neal Cook when Whitaker used identifying information of Chasity Eversole to obtain property including two cell phones and services from Verizon Wireless on April 7.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Donald White testifi ed in the above two cases.

• Gregory “Greg” Allen Harris — receipt of credit card in violation of Credit and Debit Card Crime Act, two counts of criminal complicity fraudulent use of debit card (over $500 within six months) and being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

Harris, 33, of #1 Libby Lane, Jenkins, is charged with acting with Susan Renee Boggs when Harris received a debit card belonging to James A. Hayes on June 6, which Harris used to obtain money, goods and services.

• Susan Renee Boggs — receipt of credit card in violation of Credit and Debit Card Crime Act and two counts of criminal complicity fraudulent use of debit card (over $500 within six months).

Boggs, 30, of Apt. 391, Mountain Breeze Apartments, Jenkins, is charged with acting with Gregory “Greg” Allen Harris when she received a debit card belonging to James A. Hayes on June 6 which she used to obtain money, goods and services.

• Jake Tyler Smith — complicity to burglary (third degree), unlawful transaction with a minor and complicity to theft by unlawful taking (less than $500).

Smith, 18, of #6 Hollow, Jenkins, is accused of acting with a juvenile in taking property valued at $500 or less belong to Jenkins Car Wash on August 18.

Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens testified in the above three cases.

• Amy Lynn Griffith — bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Griffith, 34, Blackey, failed to appear in Letcher District Court on July 24 for arraignment on a pending felony charge.

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