A Johnson County grand jury handed down 33 indictments Wednesday, including indictments against the nine individuals accused of attempting to dig through a wall  of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in October. 

According to Big Sandy Regional Detention Center Administrator F.D. “Pete” Fitzpatrick, the nine inmates named in the indictments attempted to dig a hole in the cinderblock wall of a shower room with two pieces of metal from a nearby shelving unit. The hole was approximately 18 inches by 12 inches when it was discovered, according to Fitzpatrick.

The hole was discovered on Oct. 15, according to Fitzpatrick, and the names of the inmates were released when the individuals involved, Robbie Lee Prater, Curtis Dale Rowe, Jeffrey Lee Stanley, Shannon Lee Jude, Keith Anthony Penix Jr., Justin Derek Combs, John Douglas May, Daniel Edwin Bell and James Garrett Ison, were charged, pending the indictments handed down this week.

According to Fitzpatrick, the inmates couldn’t have escaped because there was another wall on the other side of the plumbing between them and the outside of the jail.

All nine inmates were indicted on charges of first-degree criminal mischief for the property damage and second-degree attempted escape, according to court documents, with Rowe, Prater, Penix, Ison, Bell, Combs and Jude charged as first-degree persistent felony offenders and May charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

The inmates face additional sentences of one to five years and a fine of no more than $10,000 if convicted on the class D felony of first-degree criminal mischief. 

Also indicted were:

Amanda Howard, 38, of Ulysses, was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine).

Nathan Cox, 35, of Paintsville, was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Paula Hoeltzner, 56, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gray Michael Ratliff, 43, of Thealka, was indicted on a charge of third-degree burglary.

Reec Allen Webb, 48, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of second-degree assault with complicity, first-degree robbery with complicity and impersonating a peace officer. The indictment said Webb acted in complicity with two “unidentified assailants.”

Melissa Leedy, 43, of Staffordsville, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity, first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance with complicity and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three charges were with firearm enhancements and in complicity with Raymond Kevin Roman, 45, of Staffordsville, who was also charged with receiving stolen property with a value of more than $10,000.

Dwayne Music, 39, of Paintsville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance with complicity and possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity and traffic charges.

Heather Adkins, 34, of East Point, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance with complicity and possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity. 

Adkins and Music were indicted in complicity with one another.

Tony Marcum, 62, of Louisa, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity, possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity and traffic charges.

Alesha Gamble, 30, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity, possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity and first-offense possession of a controlled substance. 

Milton Eugene King, 63, of West Liberty, was indicted in complicity with Don N. Ramey, 31, of Thelma, on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine).

In a separate indictment, Ramey, King and Joshua Fyffe, 31, of Paintsville, were indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity.

Glen Allen Fairchild, 37, of Paintsville, was indicted on a charge of second-degree escape. 

Jonathan N. Money, 24, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $500.

Kathy E. Muncy, 59, of Inez, was indicted on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000, second-degree escape, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. 

Brandon Baldwin, 25, of Paintsville, was indicted on five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Jeffrey L. Lewis, 57, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of first-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity. 

Jeffrey A. Lewis, 32, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of first-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity. 

Tyler Runnels, 26, of Hagerhill, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity, trafficking in marijuana with complicity, third-degree possession of a controlled substance with complicity and second-degree possession of a controlled substance with complicity and possession of drug paraphernalia with complicity. Runnels was charged in complicity with Odell Dixon, 47, of Flat Gap, who received identical charges. Runnels was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

An indictment is not an assertion of guilt; it is a finding by a grand jury that further investigation into a case is required to make a decision.  All those listed as having been indicted are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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