By James Cook, Times Editor
Easy come, easy go. That may be the case for a Powell County man who had made a deal in another case, was given probation and then was arrested on a different charge. Meanwhile, his wife was arrested following a visit with him at the jail.
Gary Sell, 42 of Stanton, was in Powell District Court on Sept. 29 accepting a deal he made in an alleged home invasion type case. Sell had been charged with wanton endangerment and terroristic threatening. The original charges included conspiracy to commit murder, but were changed. In that case Sell and a friend, Houston Paul Johnson, allegedly broke into a house, pulled a woman outside and threatened to kill her as her children were only a few feet away.
The two men entered the home of Vickie Dunaway in Clay City on July 30. Johnson was armed with a handgun. The police report states that Johnson pointed his gun at Dunaway while her two children were nearby, at the direction of Sell.
While Sell was pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and making a deal to testify truthfully against Johnson, while accepting a sentence of 365 days conditionally discharged for two years, police were executing a search warrant on his home. Stanton Police and Kentucky State Police joined Probation and Parole Officer Jason Olney in conducting the search.
The search found that Sell, who was already on parole for another case, had allegedly violated his conditions. Evidence at the home found that Sell had been going Florida “to obtain prescription medication oxycodone” according to the arrest report.
The evidence found allegedly was comprised of hotel receipts from Florida and the prescriptions obtained and filled in Florida. According to Olney’s report, Sell had violated his parole by “traveling to Florida”, having an “association with a convicted felon and pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.”
Sell was arrested and lodged back in the Powell County Detention Center. Because it is a parole violation charge, no bond has been set.
But the saga for the Sell family was not over.
Robin Sell, 51, was arrested last Tuesday after visiting with her husband at the jail. According to the arrest report, Sell had left contraband in the jail restroom during visitation. Detention center employees report the visit and again following the visit. Before Sell could exit the jail’s exit gate, she was stopped and placed under arrest.
The report says that Sell tried to hide loose tobacco, rolling papers and two cans of smokeless tobacco, also known as dip. The items were wrapped up in toilet paper and made to look like a feminine product. The report also stated that Sell was the “only one to use the restroom.”
She has been charged with promoting contraband second degree. She was released last Wednesday on a $500 cash bond.