Former detective Terry Blanton pleaded guilty to multiple charges in Grayson County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
The 49-year-old Edmonson County resident was charged with theft of a controlled substance, a class D felony; trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree, another class D felony; and hindering apprehension in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.
He pleaded guilty to the first and final charges, while the trafficking allegations were merged with the other charges. According to court documents, the Commonwealth recommended that Blanton be sentenced to one year in prison on each guilty charge, with both sentences running at the same time. The Special Prosecutor for the Commonwealth “took no position on the issue of probation. “
Court documents read: “Between September 15, 2011 and March 31, 2012, [Blanton] unlawfully took controlled substances belonging to the Commonwealth thereof; and on April 24, 2012, the Defendant, with the intent to hinder the apprehension of another, Hope Shelbourne, who was being sought in connection with a criminal offense, he rendered assistance to Hope Shelbourne.”
Blanton spent more than two decades in law enforcement and served with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for eight years before resigning on March 14, 2012 amid criminal allegations.
Shortly after his resignation, Blanton was arrested by Kentucky State Police and was briefly lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center before being released on a $500 unsecured bail bond with the condition that he have no contact with law enforcement unless for official business.
KSP continued the investigation into Blanton’s behavior, turning the case over to their Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West branch.
The charges against Blanton soon expanded to include theft of a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance (hydrocodone) in the second degree, first offense.
Blanton originally pleaded not guilty to each of the three charges late last year.
Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Miller, who accepted Blanton’s guilty plea on Tuesday, postponed sentencing “pending a pre-sentence investigation.” A hearing has been set for Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. for sentencing.