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Joseph Wathen, 29, of 156 Hamilton Heights or 1075 Bradfordsville Road in Lebanon entered an Alford plea to second-degree wanton endangerment, and he received 24 months of probation in Marion Circuit Court recently.
By entering an Alford plea, Wathen did not admit guilt but he acknowledged that the prosecution could likely prove the charge against him.
He also was ordered to pay $150 court costs and to undergo integrated counseling. He is prohibited from having child custody for one year and any contact he has with children is to be as a counselor recommends and court orders.
Wathen was originally indicted for nine counts of incest and nine counts of sodomy. The victims were identified as being a male under 12 and a female under 12.
As part of a mediation agreement, the first count of incest was amended to wanton endangerment. The remaining counts were dismissed.
In other circuit court matters:
- Darrell L. Padgett, 42, of 2397 Ben Minor Road in Gravel Switch was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamines, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance-methamphetamines (under two grams), unlawful possession of methamphetamines and first-degree possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamines. His sentence is to be served consecutively with his sentence in a previous cases.
- Larry W. Garrett, 28, of 320 Shaw Station Road in Leitchfield was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamines, first offense.
Charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance-methamphetamines, unlawful possession of a methamphetamines precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamines, failure to wear seat belts and second-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.
- Ronny Stutes, 49, of 95 Raywick Road in St. Mary pled guilty to second-degree escape. He was sentenced to two years in prison to be served consecutively to the sentence he was already serving. A charge of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
- William Monroe, 31, of 95 Raywick Road in St. Mary was sentenced to one year in prison for second-degree escape to be served consecutively to his previous case. A charge of second-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
- William Steven Deering, 24, of Lebanon received five years of probation for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense. During his probation, he will be under the supervision of drug court. He was ordered to pay $150 court costs, $700 restitution, a $1,000 fine and a $35 fee.
- Sara M. Teel, 23, of 938 Sullivan School Road in Campbellsville received 24 months of probation for theft by unlawful taking. She was ordered to pay $548 restitution to Wal-mart Asset Protection Recovery and she agreed not to enter any Wal-mart stores.
- Michael I. Lancaster, 59, of 627 Southwestern Parkway in Louisville pled guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7.
- Joseph L. Hughes, 26, of 515 Valley View Court in Lebanon pled guilty to third-degree assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, second-degree fleeing and evading, carrying a concealed weapon and alcohol intoxication in a public place first or second offense.
His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5.
- Joshua E. Hourigan, 25, of 70 Hood Lane in Lebanon pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (two counts). His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5.
- Charges of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed against Michael P. Bright, 32, of 70 Bryce Court in Campbellsville. The charges were dismissed based on evidence and the plea by his co-defendant.
Editor’s note: The items listed above are from the Aug. 8 docket for Marion Circuit Judges Allan Bertram and Dan Kelly.