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SHEPHERDSVILLE - A woman entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of having an unlawful transaction with a minor.
Jessica Darcy Smith, 28, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court.
Originally charged with rape and sodomy, prosecutors agreed to amend the rape charge to unlawful transaction with a minor. The sodomy charge was dismissed.
Smith was indicted last February after an investigation was conducted by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.
The allegations were that Smith was babysitting a male less than 16 years of age from December 2007 through May 2008. During that time, she allegedly had sexual intercourse.
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney Nick Raley recommended a three-year sentence on the Class D felony. He would not object to probation after Smith served 90 days in the county jail.
Raley also wouldn’t object to serving that time while on work release as long as Smith had proof of employment.
The rest of the sentence would be probated for five years.
Raley said the parents of the victim agreed with most of the plea and would be given a chance to address Circuit Judge Rodney Burress on any concerns at the Sept. 7 final sentencing.
Raley and defense attorney Ken McCardwell agreed that there could be some issues with the evidence as a reason for the plea agreement.
In other recent court action:
*Patrick Hagan, 37, entered a guilty plea on two counts of wanton endangerment, a count of criminal mischief and driving under the influence.
Running concurrent, Hagan would serve five years in prison.
He would also be required to pay restitution of $1,600 for damages to a vehicle.
Final sentencing was set for Sept. 7.
*Joshua T. LaFever, 28, of Mount Washington, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempt to possess methamphetamine precursor.
He would receive a 12-month jail sentence that would be conditionally discharged for two years. He would have to pay a $500 fine.
*Joseph F. Tillett, 40, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea for flagrant non-support.
The guilty plea resulted in a five-year sentence which would be probated for five years. He has arrearage of child support of over $18,000.
The agreement allowed for the current support payments of $82 per week plus $40 a week toward the arrearage.
Final sentencing was set for Sept. 7.
*Bill Thomas Metzler III, 32, of Radcliff, entered a guilty plea on the charge of flagrant non-support.
The 3-year sentence would be diverted for five years.
He would have to set up a payment plan for the arrearage during the Sept. 7 final sentencing.
*Rachel Brooks entered a guilty plea to a one-year sentence for flagrant non-support.
Her sentence would be diverted for three years and she must repay arrearages of over $2,700.
Final sentencing will be on Sept. 7.
*Benjamin Bruck and Barbara Campisano both entered guilty pleas.
Campisano, 51, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea to complicity to attempt burglary, complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300 and complicity to burglary.
Bruck 33, of Louisville, entered a plea to the same charges.
However, his five-year sentence was enhanced to 18 years due to his prior felony convictions.
Both would serve their Bullitt County sentences at the same time as any other sentences.
Bruck was also indicted and entered pleas on two burglary charges and a theft by unlawful taking charge. He received 18 years in this case to be run concurrent with his other Bullitt County case.
He has an 18-year sentence out of Jefferson County and a one-year sentence in Oldham County.
In June 2009, the two took items from the Country Inn and Suites and the Super 8 in Shepherdsville.
Both had lengthy criminal records in surrounding counties.
Final sentencing will be held on Nov. 8.
*Leslie N. Burkhead, 24, of Versailles, entered a guilty plea on the charge of complicity to possess a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The five-year sentence was diverted for five years. She also had $209 and an auto seized in the raid.
Final sentencing will be Aug. 30.
*An indictment against Joseph J. Metten was dismissed.
Raley said that the complaining witness could not be located.
Due to the lack of the witness, Burress agreed to dismiss the case.