Edwards enters plea for gun theft charges
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
A Pineville woman accused of stealing guns entered a guilty plea in Bell Circuit Court of Monday.
Ashley Edwards, 26, of Pineville, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property under $10,000 and eight counts of receiving stolen property (firearm).
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tara Pope gave a recommended sentence of five years in the penitentiary for all charges and that the sentences be probated with unsupervised probation for five years.
Pope also recommended Edwards pay restitution to Clarence Mason in the amount of $3,700 to be paid in equal monthly installments during the probation period. She is set to receive final sentencing on Nov. 15.
According to the plea agreement, Edwards received, retained or disposed of property belonging to Mason. The property included money, coins, collectible knives valued over $500 and several guns.
Edwards was indicted on the charge in December.
Bradley Lane Sharp, 37, of Sharps Chapel, Tenn., also entered a guilty plea on Monday. He pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Commonwealth Attorney Karen Greene Blondell recommended a sentence of 30 days in the Bell County Jail and a $200 fine for driving under the influence, three years in the penitentiary for the drug possession charge and 12 months in jail for drug paraphernalia.
It was also recommended that the drug possession charge be probated with three years of unsupervised probation. Blondell said it was recommended the probation be unsupervised because Sharp is an out-of-state resident and has no known criminal history.
Sharp will receive final sentencing on Nov. 15.
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