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Wise County grand jury indicts 58

Mike Still • Aug 24, 2019 at 1:30 PM

WISE — A Wise County grand jury returned indictments against 58 people Wednesday.

— James Morrison Johnson, 28, 5639 Flatwoods Road, Rose Hill, was indicted on three felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges stem from a Dec. 8, 2018 attack against a man. Conviction on the charges could result in a maximum 18 year prison term.

— Sam Landers Hicks, 42, 3060 6th St., St. Paul, was indicted on one count of aggravated malicious wounding in connection with an alleged April 7 attack on a female victim. Conviction on the charge could result in a maximum life sentence.

— Gary Lyle Hudson, 56, 10107 Sparrow Hawk Road, Coeburn, faces a maximum five-year sentence for an alleged attack on a female June 8.

— William M. Mills, 35, was charged with two felony counts of malicious wounding, one count of strangulation and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery on a family member in connection with an alleged April 21 attack on a woman. Each malicious wounding charge carries a maximum 20 year prison term and the misdemeanors 12 month maximum jail terms.

— Christopher Lee Elliott, 23, 401 Sherman Crouse Drive, Big Stone Gap, was indicted on a charge of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer after an alleged May 14 attack on Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Cote. Conviction on the charge could carry a five year prison term. Elliott was also indicted on a related misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge which carries a maximum 12 month jail term and $2,500 fine.

— Yusef Lateef Thornton, 35, Woodbridge, Virginia, faces three counts of malicious wounding in connection with a May 30 incident when he allegedly wounded two adults and a juvenile.

— Wilson Harmon Branham, 52, 8177 Penobscot Road, Wise, was indicted on a malicious wounding charge stemming from an alleged May 24 attack on his ex-wife and a strangulation charge for an alleged attack on a man on the same date. The wounding charge could result in a 20-year prison term on conviction, while the strangulation charge carries a  five year maximum prison term.

— Jimmy D. Dorton Jr., 38, 440 Dry Branch Road, Jonancy, Kentucky, was indicted on one misdemeanor count of assault and battery on a family member in connection with an alleged April 12 attack on an ex-cohabitant. The charge carries a maximum 12 month jail term and a $2,500 fine.

— James Burton Eldridge, 36, 317 Cedar St., Benham, Kentucky, was indicted on six felony and two misdemeanor charges of embezzlement in connection with a series of alleged incidents against Norton business Cassell Electric. Each felony charge carries a maximum 10 year prison term and the misdemeanor charges 12 month jail terms on conviction.

— Victor Eugene Flowers, 46, Pikeville, Kentucky, was indicted on two grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing property valued at $500 or more from Lowe’s in Wise. Each count, upon conviction, carries a 20-year maximum prison term.

— Clinton Alden Hale, 39, 1014 Carico Ridge Road, Coeburn, was indicted on six felony counts each of forgery and uttering, six misdemeanor charges each of obtain by false pretense and petit larceny and one misdemeanor charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person for a series of incidents in October 2018 involving allegations of forged checks. The felony charges each carry maximum 10 year prison terms and the misdemeanors 12 month maximum jail terms.

The grand jury handed down indictments against 47 other people for various charges including shoplifting and 29 drug case-related indictments.

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