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As expected, a Louisville man caught breaking into a Cochran Hill Road home last March was sentenced to 20 years Thursday after being found guilty by a Spencer County jury.
James R. Seabolt, 36, of Louisville, was found guilty of second-degree complicity to burglary and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
According to court records, the jury recommended 10 years enhanced to 20 years because Seabolt was a persistent felony offender.
The sentence imposed by Judge Charles Hickman was consistent with the jury’s recommendation.
Hickman said Seabolt would get credit for time served.
Appearing in court in handcuffs and wearing his prison-issued clothing, Seabolt stood and listened to Hickman hand down his sentence.
Seabolt has been in custody at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange serving time for a host of other charges.
According to the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup system, Seabolt has been convicted of several class C and D felony charges ranging from theft by unlawful taking over $100 in Jefferson County in 2002 to second-degree burglary in Shelby County in 2002 to theft by unlawful taking over $100 and second-degree burglary in Spencer County in 2003.
Apparently, Seabolt was out on parole when he and co-defendant Christina LaPointe were caught at the Cochran Hill Road home.
LaPointe, 33, also of Louisville, entered a guilty plea to second-degree complicity to burglary and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to five years probation.
Other notable cases in Circuit Court on Thursday were:
•Larry T. Wayne, 23, of Yoder Tipton Road in Taylorsville, who appeared for a status hearing
Wayne was arrested in April and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance - meth (first offense), and unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense).
Wayne’s case was continued to last Thursday from Dec. 20 to give his family a chance to find an inpatient treatment program instate. Wayne’s attorney told the judge he was scheduled for an assessment at Ten Broeck in Louisville.
Judge Hickman scheduled a status hearing for Feb. 7 at 9 a.m.
•Eric D. Adams, 37, of Bonnie Brae Drive in Shelby County, who appeared for a disposition hearing.
Adams is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine - first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) - first offense, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
Taylorsville Police investigated a meth lab found in the outdoor trash bin at the Hallmark by the Lake Apartments off Ray Road in Taylorsville in June and connected Adams to the meth lab from a piece of mail also in the trash bin.
Adams also faces charges in Shelby County and any offer made for disposition of the Spencer County case would run concurrent with that case, according to Adams’ attorney.
Hickman scheduled both cases to be heard in Shelby County on Feb. 18.
•Robert A. Divine, 33, of Taylorsville, who appeared for a disposition hearing.
Divine looks likely to face a jury trial on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and incest. However, his attorney, Public Defender Stephen Wright had hoped to meet with Divine and Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell between Divine’s last court appearance on Dec. 20 and Thursday to discuss a possible agreement.
That meeting did not occur, but is expected to happen before Divine’s next court date, which is Feb. 7.
Offers and counteroffers had been made in Divine’s case with no resolution, Wright said on Dec. 20.
•Kenneth Baumgardner, 52, and Amanda Baumgardner, 48, both of Spencer County, who appeared and were arraigned Thursday. Each entered a plea of not guilty.
The Baumgardners each face charges of cultivating marijuana over five plants (first offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance - opiates (first offense), and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
The two were charged in June after Kentucky State Police located 76 marijuana plants growing in a residence on Binkley Lane.
Both are scheduled to appear in Circuit Court again on March 21.