Man gets 15 years in theft-related case

Cris Ritchie — Editor

September 15, 2013

HAZARD – A Perry County man received a 15-year sentence on Thursday, while the defendant in a related case saw charged against her dismissed.

George Hurt, 30, of Delphia, was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary and receiving stolen property over $500 in connection with the theft of several pieces of jewelry in April 2012. He later pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property, and appeared in Perry Circuit Court last week for sentencing.

He will serve a maximum of 15 years, a sentence which will run consecutively with sentences in cases dating back to 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010.

A second person indicted in connection with Hurt’s case, Candice Williams, saw her charges dismissed on Thursday after Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen moved to drop charges of receiving stolen property over $500 filed against her in May. She was indicted on an allegation that she had taken possession of stolen knives and jewelry belonging to Mike and Katie Cornett in April 2012.

The Cornetts also were in court on Thursday, where they thanked Hansen for his work on the case, and said they hoped Williams could turn her life around.

Also sentenced on Thursday was 46-year-old Patricia Stamper of Upper Second Creek. She was indicted in February on charges of theft of a controlled substance and shoplifting for taking medication from the CVS in Hazard in January. She will serve a maximum of two years and also was ordered to pay $104 in restitution to CVS.

Jeanna Burchett, 35, of Prestonsburg, was sentenced this week to serve two years of unsupervised probation in a case dating back to last year, in which she and two others were accused of stealing items from the Hazard Walmart in November 2012. Burchett pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft, and in addition to her probation was ordered to stay out of the Hazard Walmart.

Pleading guilty in court last week was 40-year-old Benjamin Todd Mobelini, who was charged with causing damage to property while stealing the cash register from the Kwik Six liquor store in Vicco on Dec. 13, 2012.

Mobelini pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft and first-degree criminal mischief for a total of two years to serve. He also will be required to pay $5,607 in restitution to the owners of the Kwik Six. He will be sentenced on Oct. 17.

James Longworth, 34, of Hazard, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of theft over $500. He was indicted in May 2012 after he was alleged to have stolen a water pump and starter box from Blue Diamond Enterprises. He admitted to the theft in court last week in exchange for a sentence of two years to serve. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 17, at which time he will be formally sentenced on the theft charge, and also for a probation violation from a 2010 case.