Wise County grand jury indicts 60

Mike Still • Jul 22, 2019 at 8:00 PM

WISE — A Wise County grand jury indicted 60 people July 15 on a variety of charges, including 20 people on methamphetamine-related counts.

Tyler Zachary Hyatt, 20, of 11438 Bedford Road, Coeburn, was indicted on two counts of aggravated malicious bodily injury and one count each of malicious bodily injury, assault and battery of a family member, abduction and possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance.

According to court records, Hyatt is accused of assaulting, wounding and abducting Cassandra Ptack and possessing methamphetamine between Jan. 16-20. The aggravated injury charges each carry a maximum life prison sentence upon conviction, and the injury charge a maximum 20-year sentence. The abduction charge carries a maximum 10-year prison term. The assault charge, a misdemeanor, carries a maximum 12-month jail term.

The grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against Lindsey Alexandra Massie, 21, of 132 Dogwood Terrace, Big Stone Gap. Charges included possession of methamphetamine, with a possible maximum life sentence on conviction; possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm; two counts of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance; possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance; misdemeanor possession of controlled paraphernalia; misdemeanor carrying a controlled weapon; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

William Mitchell Back, 41, of Whitesburg, Kentucky, was indicted on one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and aiding or abetting distribution of methamphetamine. Each charge carries a maximum 40-year prison term on conviction.

Stephanie Nicole Beavers, 27, Duffield Regional Jail, was indicted on charges of distribution, conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess methamphetamine or related substances or mixtures. The grand jury also indicted Beavers on a count of transporting a Schedule I or II controlled substance into Virginia.

The distribution and conspiracy to distribute charges against Beavers each carry maximum life prison sentences, and the remaining charges each carry a sentence up to 40 years.

Lacey Dakota Holmes, 23, Duffield Regional Jail, faces a five-felony count indictment including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of meth, possession with intent to distribute meth; possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance; and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Others indicted faced similar meth-related charges ranging from distribution, with a maximum life sentence, to simple possession with a 10-year maximum prison term on conviction.