PRESTONSBURG – Visitors to downtown Prestonsburg on Monday, March 28 or anyone around Prestonsburg Walmart on Tuesday, March 29 likely saw Jettie Slone, who was attempting to fulfill an obligation to Floyd County District Court.
On Friday, March 18, Kentucky State Police received a complaint that individuals were standing on a roadway in Floyd County collecting money using a child’s information as a cancer patient for the benefit of gain.
According to the arrest citation, KSP officer J. Anderson made contact with two females that were standing at the intersection of US23 and Kentucky 1428 and were instead taking up money for a 32 year old heart patient identified as Amanda Thacker. The sign held up at the intersection simply stated, “32 yr. old heart patient, please donate.” Paperwork was allegedly provided to KSP that stated Amanda Thacker, was a heart patient, however that paperwork was the standard paperwork all heart patients receive about taking antibiotics before having any dental procedure performed. KSP collected the paperwork at the scene and it was determined that all information provided was intended to deceive the community of Floyd County.
The Floyd County Times, spoke with Slone as she was sentenced to hold a sign that read, “I was convicted of theft. I stole from a Cancer victim.”
According to Slone, Amanda Thacker, the heart patient had an abscess tooth and was advised by her medical doctor she needed to have it removed in Lexington as soon as possible.
Amanda Thacker stated she had consulted various dentist in the local area whom because of the advanced abscess and the patient being on heart medication was not comfortable performing the needed procedure.
Slone advised she is humiliated and humbled by this experience and although she feels she technically did not do anything wrong, she will think twice before she ever stands in a road block for any club, group, or individual.
Slone spent 10 nights in jail before she was released Monday, March 28 to begin holding the sign for two days. Amanda Thacker was also arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center for eight days.
“We want to send a message, to people that we do not take deceiving the community lightly and hopefully holding the sign will make her or anyone else think twice before doing anything like this again,” said Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley.
Jettie Slone is due back in court April 6. Crystal Slone, a co-defendant, is due in court April 6. Amanda Thacker, another co-defendant, is scheduled to appear in court on May 6.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.