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Area man sentenced to youth offender program

March 7, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man was sentenced to the Anthony Center, a prison for youthful offenders, in connection with a 2017 stolen firearms case.

Taylor Sponaugle, 21, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony and entry of a building other than a dwelling. Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell sentenced him to the Anthony Center after suspending a two-to 13-year prison sentence. The Anthony Center gives youthful offenders a second chance by replacing prison sentences with intensive programs lasting anywhere from six months to two years.

According to officials with the Huntington Police Department, Sponaugle was arrested after police responded to a home for a disturbance on Aug. 24, 2017, in the Highlawn neighborhood. There they located several firearms that had been stolen during a break-in the day before at Jewelry Gold and Pawn in the 1100 block of Adams Avenue.

Detectives later arranged an undercover purchase of more stolen firearms from Sponaugle.

A search warrant was executed at his residence in the 1900 block of Daulton Avenue, where additional stolen firearms were recovered from the breaking and entering at Jewelry Gold and Pawn as well as firearms from two other thefts.

The following unrelated sentences were recently handed down in Cabell Circuit Court in Huntington:

• Amy L. Addington, 35, of Ashland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Farrell sentenced her to serve one year of probation and a $500 fine after suspending a one-year jail sentence.

• Martel D’angelo Brown, 36, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Farrell sentenced him to serve a one-to 15-year prison sentence with drug treatment.

• Ronald T. Harrell, 26, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and escape. Farrell sentenced him to serve a three-to 15-year prison sentence.

• Stephen C. Hicks, 50, pleaded guilty to third-offense shoplifting. Farrell sentenced him to serve a one-to 10-year prison sentence on home confinement with the condition he receive drug treatment.

• Jeffrey Johnson, 25, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to burglary. Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard sentenced him to serve a one-to 10-year prison sentence.

• Cody Kelly, 26 , of Proctorville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. Howard sentenced him to three years of deferred adjudication.

• Kron Donte Owens pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Farrell sentenced him to serve one to 15 years in prison.

• Jeffrey D. Payne, 40, entered a Kennedy plea to conspiracy. Farrell sentenced him to serve one to five years in prison, but suspended the sentence in exchange for a drug treatment program at Western Regional Jail.

• Jackie Lee Sargent, 33, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Farrell sentenced her to serve two years’ probation with the special condition she complete drug treatment after suspending a two-to 20-year prison sentence.

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