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Prosecutors file enhanced drug charges on local man

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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Kurt Edward Sowers II
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has filed an "enhancement" on alleged drug related charges against a local man because of a previous felony conviction in another county.

On Nov. 29, Kurt Edward Sowers II, 20, Clay City, was pulled over by Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs for a traffic violation. A routine background check showed Sowers never received a driver's license and was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrants.

While taking the suspect into custody, Skaggs told The Brazil Times he informed Sowers he was going to perform a pat-down search per safety protocols. That is when Sowers allegedly admitted to being in possession of marijuana.

Transported to the Clay County Justice Center, an undisclosed technicality during the booking process allowed Sowers to bond out. The bond was $7,000 with 10 percent allowed.

On Dec. 6, Skaggs witnessed Sowers driving and pulled him over again.

Sowers was booked into the CCJC on the outstanding arrest warrant, and preliminary charges of driving while never licensed and two charges of possession of marijuana (one a class A misdemeanor and the other a class D felony). A preliminary bond was set at $7,000 (no 10 percent allowed), although he would not be allowed to bond until he answers for the arrest warrant charges.

On Monday, Sowers appeared in court for formal arraignment.

According to court documents, Sowers was convicted of felony possession of marijuana in Owen County Circuit Court in August, which is why Deputy Prosecutor Margaret Berry filed for the enhancement on the class D felony possession of marijuana charge.

A pre-trial conference was set for Dec. 15, and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for March 16, 2009.


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Good for the Prosecutor's office. This should happen more often.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 3:14 PM


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