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Authorities locate Stanley Sargent in apartment on East Main Street
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

Authorities have located Stanley Sargent, 41, who was being sought after allegedly failing to report to his probation and parole officer following his release from prison.

Sargent was released from prison June 1 on mandatory reentry supervision (MRS) after serving less than two years of a five-year sentence.

Mt. Sterling Police say a warrant was issued for Sargent’s arrest June 25.
The Advocate posted a story and photo on social media July 1 that authorities were seeking public assistance in locating Sargent.
The MSPD received an anonymous tip July 2 that Sargent could reportedly be found at an apartment at 205 E. Main St
. and officers went to investigate, Det. Aaron Noel told the Advocate.
Sargent was allegedly found at the residence hiding in a bathtub about 6:15 p.m., Noel said.

Sargent was sentenced to five years July 31, 2020, on charges of tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one involving heroin, the other involving methamphetamine.

He was also given credit for time served while the case was pending.
The Dept. of Corrections also noted to the Advocate that Sargent was sentenced to five years, probated for five years Oct. 31, 2019, on flagrant nonsupport out of Carter County. Sargent had his probation revoked on that case for reportedly failing to pay his child support arrearages, the DOC said previously.

The abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence charges stem from the alleged murder of Lenville Joshua “Josh” Smith in 2019.
Sargent pleaded guilty to charges that he participated in the disposal of Smith’s body in a deep freeze on the side of a Menifee County Road. He and four others were charged in connection with the case on the tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Richard Andrew McGaha was charged with the alleged murder of Smith. McGaha is was scheduled to go on trial beginning July 26, but his attorney has asked for a continuance in the case. Circuit Judge William “Bill” Lane had not ruled on the motion as of Tuesday.

McGaha is accused of allegedly striking Smith in the head with a hatchet and stabbing him at a Mt. Sterling home before Smith’s body was reportedly dumped in a deep freeze over the side of the road in Menifee County. McGaha is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

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