A Frankfort man – accused of kidnapping the mother of his children before she recanted her statement – has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful imprisonment, and could face five years in prison.
Originally, Toma Washington, 35, of 408 Greenfields Lane, was accused of breaking into an apartment, assaulting the resident, Brandi King, and taking Whitney Davis against her will in January 2011.
Davis originally told police she was assaulted multiple times and that Washington was armed with a knife. But Davis, the mother of Washington’s children, changed her story.
In September, she said she voluntarily left with Washington and no weapon was present. Subsequently, Washington was released from jail, and placed on home incarceration with a GPS ankle monitor to help Davis care for the children.
Since his release, Washington has been the prominent caretaker for the couple’s children, while Davis said she works about 60 hours per week.
In Franklin Circuit Court Friday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Todd recommended Washington serve five years for burglary and one year for unlawful imprisonment and two assault charges to be served concurrently.
While Todd agreed he could stay on his release terms for now, she said Washington “is not a good candidate for probation or shock probation,” because of his past criminal history, according to the plea agreement.
He was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 2001 and assaulting a peace officer and trafficking in cocaine in 1996,according court records.
Judge Thomas Wingate will issue Washington’s sentence June 22.
In other action during Friday:
>Corrine Sturgeon, 32, of 1034 Bird Road, pleaded not guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Public defender Kristin Gonzalez asked for a bond reduction, but Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied the motion.
Police arrested Raymond Eastman, 43, and Sturgeon after they received an anonymous tip describing a meth lab in detail on Old Glenns Creek Road, according to court record.
Eastman, of 20 Old Glenns Creek Road, and Sturgeon pulled onto a property owned by Eastman’s aunt about 15 minutes after police arrived March 29 and consented to a search, according to reports. Police found meth, several packs of pseudoephedrine, razor blades and marijuana in the glove box of Sturgeon’s truck, according to reports.
Eastman was arraigned April 20. Both are held at Franklin County Regional Jail on $45,300 bonds.
>James Eden, 28, was granted five years probation for a Nov. 7 Circle K robbery. The commonwealth recommended 10 years without a stance on probation.
Eden, Heather Tracy, 26, and Ashley Devers, 26, entered the gas station and demanded money from the clerk.
One of thefemales sprayed the clerk in the face with bug spray.
They fled with an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes.
Eden and Tracy will pay a $669 restitution, complete drug rehabilitation and remain enrolled in school or hold a full-time job over the course of the probation, Shepherd said.
Devers died Jan. 11 from ingesting “bath salts” – a synthetic drug – while on house arrest.