By Kelly Foreman / Staff Writer

A Williamsburg man convicted of selling his girlfriend's baby is being considered for shock probation.

Kenneth Couch, 23, was convicted in January of selling girlfriend Jessica Cornett’s infant daughter Brianna for $5,000 to Kimberly Brick of Michigan.

Couch was sentenced to two years, of which defense attorney Warren Scoville said Couch has served 250 days in jail.

Scoville told Whitley Circuit Judge Paul Braden that Couch needed to be probated to work toward his GED. Scoville also suggested outpatient comprehensive care drug counseling for Couch.

“He needs help to become a productive citizen rather than to be thrown out,” Scoville said in court Monday.

Braden took the motion under submission, said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Stephens.

Prosecutors opposed the request, based on the seriousness of the crime, Stephens said.

Cornett and Brick both pleaded guilty in an Alford plea in July.

An Alford plea allows the defendant to plead guilty while maintaining their innocence.

Cornett was sentenced to serve two years in prison and Brick was probated for two years.

During Couch’s trial, a taped interview with Williamsburg Police Detective Wayne Bird was played where Couch confessed to the crime.

Couch did not testify during his trial.

Scoville said previously the case was unfortunate.

“This case was about the baby,” he said. “It should have been and it wasn't.”

Couch was not given a date to reappear for Braden’s decision.

Kelly Foreman can be reached at kforeman@thetimestribune.com.

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