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Woman reported missing for days given another court opportunity

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A 20-year-old girl who earlier this year led law enforcement agencies on a major manhunt when she came up missing could receive a final break from Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress.

Before the court on a probation revocation hearing, Brittney M. Kustes was released from custody facing a long line of restrictions.

Initially, Burress refused to grant a release for Kustes.

She had previously been in the Bullitt County Drug Court but failed to meet all the restrictions of the program. She later was reported missing for several weeks with a boyfriend but she returned.

“This young lady has been given every opportunity,” said Burress.

However, Burress later would reconsider the motion by defense attorney Fred Partin.

With some medical issues that must be addressed, Burress said he would set a $25,000 surety bond and she must stay with her grandparents. She would be forbidden to see the former boyfriend.

She would have a 10 p.m. curfew and she must receive all needed medical treatments. She also must begin a GED program.

On top of that, she must attend at least three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each week.

She must return on Feb. 14 or she will be sent to prison.

“I don’t have any interest in having you go to the penitentiary,” said Burress. “You can do this. You have a bright future but it’s all in your hands.”

In other cases:

*Melissa Carol Burroughs entered a guilty plea to flagrant non-support.

Pre-trial diversion was entered for five years with restitution of $50 per month.

*Shannon T. Bishop entered a guilty plea for possession of a controlled substance.

He would have the one-year sentence probated for five years and he must do 100 hours of community service.

*Sherry L. Steele, 26, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea on information.

She entered a plea to criminal attempt to possess a methamphetamine precursor.

She would have to serve 60 days in the county jail. But she received credit for the 29 days already served.

*Charles Tyler Kessinger, 19, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea on information.

Kessinger entered a plea for cultivation of more than five marijuana plants.

A one-year sentence will be diverted for a year.

Final sentencing will be held on Dec. 6.

*Jonathan A. McGrew - received a five-year sentence for two counts of wanton endangerment.

He would serve 57 days and the rest of the sentence would be probated.

*Christopher D. Montgomery - entered a guilty plea to receiving stolen property under $10,000.

He would receive a one-year sentence that would be diverted for two years.

He must pay $50 a month for restitution, which totaled $873.

Final sentencing will be on Dec. 16.

*Mark R. Dages, 49, of Brooks, entered a guilty plea on charges of burglary and theft by unlawful taking.

The incident occurred on April 9, 2010, and Dages went into the home and was caught by police.

The burglary charge could bring a five-year sentence and prosecutor Mike Ferguson objected to any probation.

Final sentencing is set for Dec. 20.

*Jason D. Hudson will serve six months in jail and then have the rest of h is 10-year sentence probated for five years.

Hudson entered a guilty plea to complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

During the final sentencing, Hudson thanked the Bullitt County Drug Task Force for saving his life.

*Paul Booth was sentenced to five years of probation after accepting a guilty plea on the charge of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

He received a 10-year sentence.

Booth would be required to serve six months in jail, most of which he has already served.

*Laura Christian, 28, of Lebanon Junction, entered a guilty plea on seven counts of forgery of a prescription.

She would receive a three-year sentence but that would be diverted for three years.

Christian would be evaluated for inclusion in the Bullitt County Drug Court program.

Final sentencing would be on Dec. 27.

*Bernie S. Kastor III entered a guilty plea on the charge of cultivation or more than five marijuana plants.

The three-year sentence would be diverted for three years.

Final sentencing will be on Jan. 3.

*Damon Ray would receive a conditional discharge for one year on a pair of misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance.

*Jason T. Riddle entered a guilty plea on a pair of misdemeanors relating to possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.

The 12-month sentence would be conditionally discharged for one year. He waived a final sentencing hearing.

*Leslie Carlton and Michael Carlton Jr. were both sentenced for various counts of trying to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

Leslie Carlton received a three-year sentence that would be diverted for the same period of time.

Michael Carlton Jr. had his five-year sentence diverted for five years.

*Bill Thomas Metzler III entered a guilty plea on the charge of flagrant non-support.

He received a diverted sentence for three years. He must pay his current child support plus $10 a week toward the arrearage of $5,430.

*Sammy J. Myers, 26, of Shepherdsville, entered a guilty plea on the charge of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.

For the five-year sentence, Myers must serve 90 days and the rest would be probated.

Final sentencing will be on Jan. 4.

*Debra F. Myers, 51, of Lebanon Junction, entered a guilty plea to the charge of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

The 10-year sentence would require Myers serve six months in the county jail and the rest of the time would be probated.

She would also forfeit all seized items and pay any restitution.

Final sentencing would be on Jan. 4.

*George B. Stockton Jr., 50, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea on the charges of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance and complicity to possession of a controlled substance.

Of the 10-year sentence, Stockton would have to serve six months with no release. The rest of the time would be probated.