Indictments made in Washington County

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By Brandon Mattingly

Indictments have come down for 11 individuals involving crimes in Washington County, and among those named is Alejandro P. Ponce, who is charged with the stabbing of four people—including one teenager— on March 2.

A grand jury charged Ponce with three counts of first degree assault and one count of second degree assault.

The indictment states that Ponce “intentionally caused serious physical injury to at least three other persons by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.”

Ponce’s bond was set at $50,000.

Two individuals, Timothy Austin Yates of Springfield and Kirtley Barnett of Willisburg, were each charged with sexual abuse in the first degree with a victim under 12 years old.

Yates was also charged as a persistent felony offender, having been 21 years old before Nov. 8 (the most recent date of the accusations) and standing convicted of at least one prior felony since his 18th birthday.
Barnett faces charges of abuse from around Jan. 1, 1978, as well as charges stemming from incidents from June 1 through July 31 of last year.

Both Yates and Barnett’s bond was set at $25,000.

Larry Sagracy of Springfield was charged by a grand jury with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and marijuana cultivation of five or more plants following an arrest on March 9.

Steven Levi Thomas Trent of Springfield was charged for a Jan. 22 incident at McDonald’s restaurant in Springfield. Trent was charged with third degree assault, two counts of first degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

Kris Mitchell and Tami Amburgey of Lawrenceburg were each charged with burglary in the second degree and theft by unlawful taking after a crime that occurred on March 8. Mitchell was also charged as a first degree persistent felony offender.

Nathan A. Gill of Tollesboro faces charges following a Feb. 8 incident. Gill was recently charged with second degree burglary, first degree wanton endangerment, first degree criminal mischief, fourth degree assault and as a first degree persistent felony offender.

Jerry Ballard Yaste of Willisburg faces charges of first degree wanton endangerment and a misdemeanor terroristic threatening charge following an incident on Feb. 26.

Brian T. Stokes of Louisville was charged by a grand jury for criminal possession of a forged instrument and as a persistent felony offender, both in the second degree. Stokes’ charges are for a crime committed on June 21, 2011.

Jamie L. Smith of Lebanon faces two counts of first degree wanton endangerment after a DUI (second degree misdemeanor) arrest on Feb. 12. The indictment stated that the charge is Smith’s second offense in less than five years and that the driver was transporting a passenger under 12 years old.

Smith was also charged with DUI with a suspended license.