Norris sentenced to 3 years for drug charges

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

October 19, 2013

A Pineville man received his final sentencing on Friday in Bell Circuit Court.

Circuit Court Judge Robert V. Constanzo sentenced Justin Anthony Norris, 26, to three years in the penitentiary for four counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was placed on three years supervised probation.

Norris was also sentenced to 12 months in the Bell County Jail for third-degree possession of a controlled substance. A no operators license charge and failure of owner to maintain required insurance charge were both dropped.

In other court news, a Flat Lick man entered a guilty plea to an identity theft charge. Brian Adam Jones, 32, pleaded guilty to theft of identity of another without consent and theft by unlawful taking under $300.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Greene Blondell gave a recommended sentence of five years in the penitentiary for the identity theft charge and 12 months in jail for the theft charge. If the identity theft charge is probated, he would be placed on unsupervised probation for five years.

Jones would also have to stay away from Walmart during his probationary period. He will receive final sentencing on Nov.1.

According to the plea agreement, on Jan. 22, Jones unlawfully took merchandise from Walmart without permission. It also states he used the names and birth dates of Terry Jones and Elmer Sizemore for the purpose of avoiding detection.

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