By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A November 7 trial date was set Friday for two defendants charged in several area armed robberies. During a very brief pretrial conference in Knox County Circuit Court, Shawn K. Stehlin, 32, and Darla K. McCormick, 47, both listed as residing at the same address in Gray, stood before Judge Tom Jensen. McCormick’s attorney is Jennifer Milligan – Stehlin is represented by attorney Barbara Carnes. Jensen scheduled the final pretrial conference for the pair to be held Oct. 31. Both defendants were each named in a three-count indictment charging them with the April 9 robbery of Tobacco Hut on U.S. 25E in Barbourville.
McCormick has been in the custody of the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley.
Stehlin remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two cash bonds totaling $75,000. The first count of the indictment charges the pair with first-degree robbery after allegedly using physical force to rob the Tobacco Hut.
Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens said in April that during questioning from both the BPD and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Stehlin confessed to robbing the Tobacco Hut, and then fleeing the scene in a maroon Chevy Trailblazer sport utility vehicle.
Owens said in that robbery, Stehlin allegedly walked up to the drive-through window, pulled out and aimed a semi-automatic handgun at the female clerk on duty and demanded money.
Stehlin reportedly then left the scene with more than $1,000 in cash. McCormick was allegedly the driver who helped Stehlin get away.
The second count charges Stehlin with second-degree persistent felony offender, after his February 2011 conviction in Laurel County Circuit Court for his second or subsequent offense of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three years for that crime.
The third count indicts McCormick on a charge of first-degree persistent felony offender.
The indictment states McCormick was convicted in Laurel Circuit Court in October 2004 for her first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, for which she was sentenced to eight years, enhanced to 10 years by being a first-degree persistent felony offender. She was also convicted in Boyle Circuit Court in November 2010 for first-degree promoting contraband, for which we was sentenced to one year. In September 2010, McCormick was convicted in Laurel Circuit Court for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and was sentenced in that case to 10 years. In Whitley Circuit Court, McCormick was convicted in May 1996 for first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension, for which she was sentenced to a year. In March 1996 in Laurel Circuit Court, McCormick was convicted of theft by unlawful taking property valued at $300 or more, for which she was sentenced to one year. In March 1998 in Laurel Circuit Court, McCormick was convicted for illegally possessing alcohol in a dry territory, third offense.
Stehlin and McCormick also face charges in Laurel County Circuit Court for the April armed robbery of Brock’s Tobacco Store on KY 229 in London.
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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