A Bell County man was sentenced for 10 years in the state penitentiary after pleading guilty to kidnapping.
In July Virgil Durham Jr. plead guilty to charges of kidnapping, fourth-degree assault, theft by unlawful taking (over $500), and as a persistent felony offender.
On the recommendation of Commonwealth Attorney Karen Greene Blondell, the court sentenced Durham to 10 years for the kidnapping, five years for the assault charge to be served at a place to be designated by the Kentucky Department of Corrections, and 12 months in the Bell County Jail. These sentences will be served concurrently.
Durham was also ordered to pay $394.54 in restitution to victim Darlene Holland, along with $131 to Circuit Court Clerk Colby Slusher.
The indictment against Durham stated that he kidnapped Alicia J. Brock with the intent of holding her for ransom and/or inflict bodily injury to terrorize her. Count II of the indictment states that at the same time and place Durham committed fourth-degree assault by hitting Brock repeatedly with his fist, shoving her, taping her hands and stating that he was going to kill and bury her. The theft charge came from taking a 2003 Chevrolet Impala valued at more than $500 belonging to Darlene Holland.
Other sentences handed down by the court include:
• Cammie Brock, Calvin, sentenced to 12 months in the Bell County Jail for fourth-degree assault, and that the sentence be probated and that she be placed on supervised probation for a period of 24 months. Brock was also ordered to stay away from the victim Terry W. Henry Jr. during the probationary period.
• William Frank Gilliam III, sentenced to second-degree escape when he escaped from the custody of the Bell County Forestry Camp after being convicted of a felony. Gilliam was also committed the offense of persistent felony offender.
• Melissa Collins of Cumberland Gap Tenn., was sentenced to manufacture of Methamphetamine by possessing the equipment for manufacturing meth with intent to manufacture meth, as a first offense. Collins was also charged with possession of controlled substance in the first-degree by knowingly and unlawfully possessing meth, a Schedule II controlled substance, as a first offense. Collins also committed the offense of operating motor vehicle under the influence.
• Michael G. York of Pineville, was sentenced to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with aggravating circumstances, as a second offense within a five-year period. York was also charged with possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence by concealing, removing, or altering physical evidence with the intent to impair its availability for use in an official proceeding.
York was also charged with wanton endangerment in the first-degree when he allegedly wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger or serious physical injury to Tarama Caldwell, the operator of a school bus, when the vehicle he was operating while under the influence, collided with the school bus.