MOUNT VERNON – Three Knox County women were sentenced to prison when they all concluded multiple individual cases in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas Friday.

Rickie L. Rhea, 23, was sentenced in two cases that originated from a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of drugs.

After that charge, she was accepted into the Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (ILC) program in 2018 and then violated the conditions of ILC after being arrested for aggravated possession again and then again for having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

She was sentenced for 30 months in prison for the weapons charge and four on the aggravating menacing count – which are to be served concurrently.

Sarah Kirk, 32, was sentenced in three cases to a maximum of 30 months in prison after multiple drug-related charges.

She received two separate 11-month sentences for one case that involved charges of fifth-degree felony counts of aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated possession of heroin and a third 11-month sentence for another charge of aggravated possession of drugs.

Her longest sentence was for 30 months for the third-degree felony of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a detention center. All of the prison time is to be served concurrently, so her maximum prison sentence for all of the charges — combined — is 30 months.

Shawna Posey, 32, was sentenced to two 11-month prison sentences – to be served consecutively – in two separate cases that date back to December 2017.

She was initially arrested and charged with the fifth-degree felony of receiving stolen property and was sentenced to community control, which she then violated when she was arrested again for breaking and entering (amended from burglary), a felony of the fifth degree, and for theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

One of her 11-month sentences and a five-month one will be served concurrently but the other 11-month one had a consecutive sentence provision, which gives her a maximum of 22 months of prison time.

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