TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

February 29, 2012

Doyle Fritts guilty on 4 counts

Convicted of distributing oxycodone; Jerry Fritts acquitted of drug charges


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Feb. 29, 2012.pdf

By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

The jury in the case of brothers Doyle and Jerry Fritts returned its verdict at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Jerry Lee Fritts was acquitted of two counts related to the distribution of oxycodone.

Doyle “Stan-Boy” Stanford Fritts was found guilty in four of the five counts against him, three of which related to the distribution of oxycodone.

The fourth count related to his being a convicted felon in possession of a Chinese-made 12-gauge shotgun that had reportedly come from the office of former Whitley County sheriff Lawrence Hodge.

Doyle Fritts was found not guilty in the fifth count, which charged him with trying to “influence, delay and prevent” testimony.

He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, be fined up to $1 million and have at least three years supervised release for each of the three counts related to drug distribution.

If he has had a prior felony drug conviction he could be in prison 30 years, there could be a $2 million fine for each of the counts and at least six years of supervised release for each of the counts.

For the charge related to the firearm, he faces up to 10 years in prison, a $350,000 fine and three years supervised release.

If he had three previous convictions for a violent felony or serious drug offense, he could face not less than 15 years in prison and five years supervised release.

He must also forfeit $1,097 and the Chinese 12-gauge shotgun.

Sentencing has not been scheduled.