Woman charged with staging robbery jailed on bond violation
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – A woman accused of taking part in a staged robbery in April was sent back to jail last week after admitting to using drugs while out on bond.
Christianne Clemons, 27, of Breathitt County, appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday after she tested positive for opiates during a drug test in June, according to information announced in court. Clemons was indicted last month on charges of falsely reporting an incident and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 stemming from an incident when she was an employee of UBet, an off track betting parlor in Hazard.
According to police, Clemons reported to authorities that she had been assaulted and robbed of her car and thousands of dollars as she was transporting a deposit from UBet to a local bank. It was also reported that two men were involved in the theft.
Just a few days later police arrested Clemons and accused her of staging the robbery, and later arrested three other people – Hiram Noble, Jerry Hurt and Sharon Hensley – in connection to the alleged crime. Hiram Noble pleaded not guilty in his case on June 15, according to records in the circuit clerk’s office, while Jerry Hurt is currently lodged in the Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington. He will be served with the Perry County indictment warrant once he is released. Hensley was placed on home incarceration, but according to HPD Captain Jason Duff, has absconded and is currently on the run.
Clemons had been released on bond to await trial, but after admitting to using drugs her bond was revoked and she was transported to the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard, where she was still lodged on Monday afternoon.
Clemons is currently set for trial on Monday, December 17.
Police urge anyone with information as to Hensley’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hazard Police Department at 436-2222.
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