Pike Co. grand jury returns indictments

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

May 5, 2014

By Rachel Dove


PIKEVILLE, Ky. - According to information released by the office of Pike County, Ky., Commonwealth Attorney, Rick Bartley, the following six individuals were indicted during the last meeting of the Pike County Grand Jury.

Jason Adams, 31, of Virgie, Ky., has been indicted on Class C felony charges of sexual assault, first-degree. The victim in this case is said to be under the age of 12.

Mary B. Newsome, 33, of Virgie, Ky., was indicted on one Class D felony charge pf promoting contraband, first-degree. The complaint states that Newsome attempted to smuggle contraband into a correctional facility.

Darrin Vance, 30, of Pikeville, Ky., is indicted on a single count of assault, first-degree, which is a Class C felony. Vance is said to have struck the victim, Matthew Collins, repeatedly in the head with his hands and feet, and also used a dangerous instrument during the course of the altercation to create serious injury.

Michael Dale Gillespie Jr., 34, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted by the grand jury for one count of flagrant nonsupport, a Class D felony. The defendant allegedly owes more than $1,000 in child support and has not made a payment for the last six months.

Frank Beavers, 32, of Shelbiana, Ky., has been indicted on one count each of burglary, third-degree (Class D felony), theft by unlawful taking (Class A misdemeanor) and persistent felony offender, second-degree. Beavers is accused of breaking into a building owned by Kenneth Prater, where he allegedly stole a vehicle computer scanner. The defendant has a past criminal history which includes a felony conviction in November 2008.

Sherry Sexton, 43, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on a Class C felony charge of theft by unlawful taking. The defendant is accused of stealing jewelry, said to be valued at more than $10,000, that belonged to Jacqueline Newsome.

Editor’s note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.