Sentences handed down


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Several individuals were sentenced in Bell County Circuit Court on Monday.

Boyd Chester Raines, 64, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Feb. 27, 2014, for third-degree rape. According to the arrest citation, Raines had intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. Raines was released the next day on a $100,000 cash bond.

Raines was later found guilty of the rape charge.

Bell County Circuit Court Judge Robert Costanzo ordered Raines to remain in the long-term care facility where he is currently residing for five years and to have no contact with the complaining witness. If Raines violates the terms, he will be sent to the penitentiary for five years.

Shawn Daniel Gibson, 29, of Middlesboro, was on arrested on Oct. 9, 2014, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance. Gibson was released from the detention center on Oct. 21, 2014, on a $1,000 cash bond.

Gibson was later found guilty of possession of cocaine and Costanzo ordered him to three years in the state penitentiary with credit for time served.

Brian Scott Partin, 36, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Aug. 8, 2014, for operating an ATV on the roadway, driving on a suspended/revoked license and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Partin was released from the detention center on Sept. 17, 2014, on a $10,000 cash bond. He was later found guilty of all charges and Costanzo ordered him to serve one year in the state penitentiary. This case runs consecutive with six other prior cases.

Paul Edward Thomas, 37, of Lynch, was arrested on Dec. 14, 2014, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug, drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. Thomas was released from the detention center on Dec. 23, 2014, on a $5,000 cash bond and was later found guilty on all charges.

Costanzo ordered Thomas to three years in the state penitentiary on the cocaine charge, with credit for 90 days already served and the remainder to be probated, and 90 days each on the remaining charges.

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By Reina P. Cunningham

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