Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


April 2, 2014

Sparks’ shock probation denied

April 2, 2014 — A former Olive Hill mayor incarcerated for selling marijuana near an elementary school has been denied shock probation.

Danny Sparks, 56, pleaded guilty in December to trafficking in marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school, a Class D felony.

He was sentenced to two years in prison on Jan. 6 and began serving his sentence on Feb. 3.

Sparks' attorney, Robin Webb, filed a motion for shock probation 30 days later, arguing that Sparks is the type of individual for whom shock probation was intended.

In an order filed Monday, Circuit Judge Rebecca Phillips denied the motion without comment.

No explanation for the order was listed, however Sparks may file the motion as often as he likes for six months after his final sentencing.

He will be eligible for parole after serving three months, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon Ison.


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