A former Miss Kentucky’s tiara became tarnished Wednesday when she was sentenced to two years on probation for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the local correctional facility.
Prosecutors argued in favor of jail time for Kia Hampton, 28, of Louisville, but Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cheney said he was convinced the former beauty queen was remorseful for her actions and was unlikely to commit future crimes.
The Louisville woman faced a maximum of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine on a third-degree felony of the illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility. In addition to the two-year probation term, Cheney sentenced Hampton to serve two days in the Allen County jail, and then granted her credit for two days previously served. Hampton was ordered to pay a fine of $2,500, serve 80 hours of community service and submit to random drug testing while on probation.
She was also ordered to have no contact with Jeremy Kelly, an inmate at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institute in Lima who was described in court Wednesday as Hampton’s “ex-boyfriend.”
It was Kelly who directed Hampton to attempt to bring drugs into the prison, prosecutors said. She was successful on three occasions prior to being caught on May 26 of last year.
SOURCE: J Swygart