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Ammerman case diverted as part of plea agreement

By Becky Barnes


A Cynthiana woman has been court ordered not to return to Nicholas County and is serving three months in jail following an incident that occurred in Nicholas County last September.

Debra Ammerman, 50, changed her not guilty plea as part of a plea agreement in Nicholas County Circuit Court on Thursday, March 7.

Ammerman was indicted in November on charges of first degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but less than $10,000), two counts of theft by unlawful taking less than $500 and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s report, Ammerman and a passenger, who stayed in the vehicle, allegedly removed from Robinson’s residence at flat-screen television, Rainbow vacuum cleaner, drill, CD player, quilt and two checks totaling $2950.

According to the indictment, Ammerman entered the home of Staci Robinson on Sept. 19 and either she or another participant possessed a deadly weapon. She entered Robinson’s  home and took property belonging to Robinson and Everett and Carolyn House.

The indictment further alleges that as Ammerman was leaving Robinson’s, she collided with a vehicle driven by James Judge. She failed to stop or give assistance to Judge.

As part of her plea agreement, the first degree burglary charge was amended to third degree burglary.

The recommended sentence on the charges:

•Third degree burglary--five years in prison;

•Theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but less than $10,000)--five years in prison to run consecutively;

•Theft by unlawful taking (less than $500)--12 months in prison to run concurrently;

•Theft by unlawful taking (less than $500)--12 months in prison to run concurrently;

•Leaving the scene of an accident----12 months in prison to run concurrently.

According to court documents, with her guilty plea Ammerman was allowed to enter into a diversion agreement, which reduced her sentence to 90 days as long as all terms of the agreement are met.

Ammerman is not allowed back into Nicholas County for the period of the diversion, which is five years. She must pay full restitution to James Judge for $1,000 and to Everett House for $300.

She is to have no contact with Robinson and her family or with Judge and his family. She must also stay away from their places of employment and the schools where the children attend.

She also agreed to cooperate with the Commonwealth, including testifying, at the trial of any co-defendant.

If Ammerman meets all of the diversion requirements, the charges will be expunged from her record. On the other hand, any breach of the agreement will mean an automatic 10-year sentence and a criminal record.

Ammerman, who is a former teacher and counselor for the Harrison County School District, is also the wife of Mike Ammerman, who is serving a 15-month federal sentence in Nashville, Tenn., for tax evasion on cigarettes manufactured at Farmers Tobacco Co. in Cynthiana. 

 Mike Ammerman is expected to be released in May, according to the Department of Corrections website.