Gibson sentenced in burglary case
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
A 27-year-old Middlesboro man was sentenced to a total of 15 years in the penitentiary in Bell Circuit Court on Monday. Bobby Lee Gibson was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Robert V. Costanzo on two separate indictments.
On the first indictment, Gibson was sentenced to seven years and six months on an amended second-degree burglary charge. He was also sentenced to seven years and six months for the same charge on the second indictment.
Gibson entered a guilty plea earlier in the month. On at least one occasion, Gibson entered the home of the victim and took three firearms from the residence.
In other court news, a Middlesboro man was sentenced on an amended burglary charge. Dustin Shay Smith, 22, was sentenced to seven years and six months for second-degree burglary and 90 days in the Bell County Jail for third-degree criminal mischief.
Smith will also have to pay $5,825 in restitution to Tonya Lawson.
According to the plea agreement, Smith entered the Lawson home around Jan. 6, knowingly and unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime and intentionally damaged property belonging to her.
Smith’s indictment states he entered Lawson’s home by prying a window open, which ultimately damaged the window and screen.
Danielle L. Hopper, 25, of Hickory, was also sentenced in court Monday. She was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for first-degree criminal mischief. Her sentence was probated and she will be placed on five years supervised probation.
Hopper must also pay $4,083 in restitution to Middlesboro Housing Authority.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, firstname.lastname@example.org
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