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Wise County grand jury indicts 38

Mike Still • May 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM

WISE – After a three-month delay due to COVID-19-related emergency orders, a Wise County grand jury met on Wednesday to indict 38 people on charges ranging from drunk driving to drugs and strangulation.

In the county’s first grand jury since Feb. 19, jurors returned 42 indictments with a total of 105 counts, including 46 drug-related charges.

Larry A. Lowe, Jr., 33, of Big Stone Gap, was indicted on several charges in connection with an alleged Nov. 9, 2019, domestic assault against his wife, Tasha Lowe. The indictment included one felony charge each of assault and battery on a family member, strangulation, abduction and breaking and entering, and three misdemeanor counts of violating protective orders.

In a separate indictment related to alleged incidents on Nov. 9, Lowe was also charged with a felony count of eluding law enforcement and one misdemeanor count each of driving on a suspended or revoked license, obstruction of justice and a second or subsequent offense of driving while intoxicated.

The assault and strangulation charges against Lowe each carry a maximum prison sentence of five years upon conviction. The abduction charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, while the breaking and entering charge could result in a maximum 20-year sentence on conviction. The protective order charges carry a maximum jail sentence of 12 months and/or fines up to $2,500. The eluding charge can carry a maximum five-year prison term, while license, DWI and obstruction charges carry maximum 12-month jail terms and fines up to $2,500 for obstruction and license violations.

Nicholas Andrew Salyer, age and address unavailable, was indicted on six felony counts of drug-related charges from January and February 2019: three charges of conspiracy to sell or distribute a Schedule I or II controlled substance, one count of sale, distribution or intent to sell or distribute marijuana within 1000 feet of a school or college and two counts of sale or distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance.

All charges except the sale or distribution near a school each carry prison terms of 5 to 40 years. The school charge carries a term of 1 to 5 years.

Ethan Cole Johnson, age and address unavailable, was indicted on three felony counts each of sale/distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I or II substance in connection with alleged incidents in January and February 2019. Each of the six charges carries a prison term of 5 to 40 years upon conviction.

Travis Lynn Kilgore, 34, of Big Stone Gap, was indicted on three felony counts each of distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I or II controlled substance in connection with alleged incidents in March 2019. Each of the charges carries a maximum 40-year term on conviction.

Brittany Danielle McReynolds, 32, of Big Stone Gap, was indicted on three felony counts each of sale/distribution and of conspiracy to sell or distribute a Schedule I or II controlled substance stemming from alleged incidents in March 2019. Each of the charges carries a maximum 40-year prison sentence.

The grand jury indicted Chayne Michael Parsons, 36, of Pennington Gap, on two felony counts of possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and three misdemeanor charges: possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and altering license plates. The marijuana charge carries a maximum 30-day jail sentence, the Schedule IV charge a maximum of six months in jail and the license plate charge a maximum of 12 months’ jail and/or a fine up to $2,500. The felony possession charges carry a maximum 40-year prison term upon conviction.

Jordan Blake Mullins, 31, of Pound, was indicted on a felony count of strangulation in connection with an alleged August 2019 attack on Erica Mullins. If convicted, Mullins faces a maximum prison term of five years.

Jamie Lynn Hyden, 47, of Wise, was indicted on a felony count of failure to register as a sex offender. The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence upon conviction.

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