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James Lonnie Phelps entered a guilty plea in Bell Circuit Court on Monday on a fleeing charge.


Phelps, 44, of Middlesboro, pleaded guilty to first-degree fleeing or evading police. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney recommended a five-year sentence in the penitentiary.


Phelps will receive final sentencing on June 2.


According to the plea agreement, on Sept. 1, Phelps knowingly disobeyed Middlesboro Sgt. Joe Holder’s signal to stop his vehicle in an attempt to evade police. The attempt to elude created a danger of death or serious physical injury to Holder.


When he was originally arrested, Phelps was also charged with operating an ATV on a roadway, operating an ATV without headgear, operating on suspended/revoked operators license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, three counts of disregarding a stop sign and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.


The aforementioned charges were dismissed according to the plea agreement.


In other court news, two individuals who were set for trial on Tuesday entered guilty pleas. Tonya R. Simpson and Steven Simpson pleaded to lesser charges. Both were originally charged with first-degree assault.


Tonya Simpson pleaded to assault under extreme emotional disturbance, and Steven Simpson pleaded to facilitation to assault under extreme emotional disturbance.


Commonwealth Attorney Karen Greene Blondell recommended 12 months in the Bell County Jail for Steven Simpson. The sentence would be probated (unsupervised) for 24 months with the additional specific condition that he stays away from Gregory Jones during the probationary period.


Blondell recommended five years in the penitentiary for Tonya Simpson. The sentence would be probated (unsupervised) for five years under the same conditions as her co-defendant.


According to the plea agreement, Tonya Simpson intentionally caused injury while acting under the influence of emotional disturbance by means of a tire iron. Steven Simpson provided means or opportunity for the incident to happen.


Others who entered guilty pleas included:


• Lisa Ann Evans, 46, of Middlesboro, to second-degree forgery. The Commonwealth gave a recommended sentence of five years in the penitentiary. She would actually serve 90 days in the Bell County Jail. The balance of her sentence would be probated (supervised) for a period of five years;


• Jeremy Spradlin, 25, of Middlesboro, to possession of marijuana and first-degree promoting contraband. The Commonwealth recommended five years in the penitentiary on the contraband charge and 45 days in jail for the marijuana charge. The sentence would be probated (unsupervised) for a period of five years;


• David Wayne Carroll, 36, of Middlesboro, to attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/ or forgery. The Commonwealth recommended five years in the penitentiary. The sentence would be probated (supervised) for five years.


Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.


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