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Man gets prison in purse snatching

Jul. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Kenova man will serve a 12-year prison sentence for his role in a January 2012 purse snatching, according to recent punishments ordered in Cabell Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell ordered Jason A. Adkins to the prison term with orders for drug treatment. He denied a motion to reconsider the punishment. It was among several recent punishments announced by Farrell and fellow Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson.

Adkins, 37, of Bison Village in Kenova, had entered a Kennedy plea to first-degree robbery, which allows for a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt or describing his or her participation in the crime. It represented the sole count of his February 2012 indictment.

The purse snatching occurred at 9:55 a.m. Jan. 3, 2012, in the 2500 block of 5th Street Road near Huntington. The victim, an 82-year-old woman, received an injury to her right wrist.

The following cases represent others recently punished in Cabell Circuit Court.

Prison ordered in felony attempt

Ferguson ordered Ricky Lee Kennie to a 1- to 3-year prison sentence.

Kennie, 49, had pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. He agreed to enter the plea without a grand jury indictment.

Meth case leads to probation

Farrell ordered Dwight D. Arthur to three years probation, after the judge suspended a 2- to 10-year prison sentence.

Arthur, of Ashton Upland Road in Milton, had pleaded guilty to operating a clandestine drug laboratory.

A November 2012 indictment initially charged Arthur with operating a clandestine drug lab, conspiracy and exposure of a child to methamphetamine manufacturing.

Man gets probation in drug case

Farrell ordered Jeriesha Anay Harper to serve two years probation, after the judge suspended a 1- to 15-year prison sentence.

Harper, 21, of the 1600 block of 11th Avenue in Huntington, had pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Court officials note the drug was crack cocaine.

A September 2012 indictment initially charged Harper with conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Revoked drug court leads to prison

Ferguson ordered Brandon Keith Blankenship to a 2- to 20-year prison sentence.

Blankenship, 32, with multiple addresses in Huntington, had pleaded guilty to third-offense shoplifting and transferring stolen property. He was placed in drug court, however that was revoked.

No other charges were alleged in Blankenship's initial indictment from November 2011.

Burglary plea nets prison time

Farrell ordered John Allen Bryan to a 2- to 20-year prison sentence with a recommendation of drug treatment.

Bryan, 37, had pleaded guilty to burglary and conspiracy. He agreed to enter the plea without a grand jury indictment.

Court officials note this sentence made for Bryan's seventh felony conviction.

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