Man enters additional plea on sex charge

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man who has previously been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex acts performed dating back to 1959 had another conviction added to his record.

Gerald Owens, 76, entered an Alford plea to the charge of indecent or immoral practice with another.

The allegations date back to 1973.

Commonwealth attorney Michael Mann said he felt this charge was part of the earlier mediation agreement.

Last June, Owens entered guilty pleas on four other charges, which resulted in a 23-year prison sentence.

Thursday’s latest plea would be a one-year sentence which would be served at the same time as the previous charges.

Under the old statutes, the Class C felony would be punishable by 1-10 years in prison.

The Alford plea allows a person to maintain their innocence but realize that there is probably enough evidence that a jury would find them guilty.

The victim in the 1973 case said she agreed with the guilty plea.

Mann opposed any probation.

The following cases were also recently resolved in Bullitt Circuit Court:

*Steven Sattich and Tara Dever were each given a three-year sentence for drug-related charged.

Both would serve their time on diversion for five years.

The original plea included inclusion in the county’s drug court program. However, Sattich said he didn’t have an addiction problem and Dever opted not to participate.

The pair each entered pleas to complicity to possession of a controlled substance and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

*Erica Cooley received a five-year sentence for forgery and theft of an identity.

The five-year sentence would be probated for five years and restitution of $360 would be made to Little Flock Baptist Church and $61 to another individual.

*Timothy D. Capps entered a guilty plea on the charges of complicity to burglary, complicity to burglary in the second degree and theft by unlawful taking over $500.

The five-year sentences would be run concurrently for a total of 10 years. After 90 days, Capps could ask for shock probation.

*A charge against Douglas J. Holmes was dismissed. But he agreed to pay restitution in the case.

*Crystal D. Steele entered a guilty plea on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of a stolen credit card.

The recommendation is for a 2-year sentence that would be probated for five years. As terms of the release, Steele would have to pay $50 a week until the restitution of $564 is paid.

Steele, 44, of Mount Washington, allegedly took a credit card on Nov. 1, 2011, and used it for purchases.

Final sentencing will be May 21.

*George Russell Hoyle entered a guilty plea on receiving stolen property.

He would receive a 3-year-sentence probated for the next five years.

He would required to pay $12,674 to BCD Inc. of Bardstown.

Hoyle, 51, of Mount Washington, allegedly has the improper purchases between August and September 2011.

Fiinal sentencing will be on May 21.