Victim was confidential informant in previous drug cases

Last updated: May 23. 2014 4:21PM - 1477 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

Katelyn M. Whitelow
Katelyn M. Whitelow
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Three London women accused of assaulting the confidential informant in a drug trafficking case were back in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Friday.

Joy S. Carlos, 21, Page K. Kelley, 23, and Katelyn M. Whitelow, 20, were indicted in December for the Oct. 5, 2013, beating of a local woman — an undercover operative in previous drug cases.

A witness recorded the sidewalk assault on cell phone video.

On Friday, Judge Eamon Costello sentenced Carlos to 60 days in Tri-County Regional Jail and three years of community control. She pleaded guilty in March to aggravated riot in connection with the October incident. Her jail time was delayed until June 30.

Costello handed Kelley a similar sentence and ordered the woman jailed immediately. She pleaded guilty in March to witness retaliation.

The case against Whitelow, who is also charged with aggravated riot and witness retaliation, is pending. She was jailed May 15 after violating terms of her signature bond.

On Friday, Costello released Whitelow on house arrest with electronic monitoring and required the woman to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Alcohol abuse apparently fueled the October beating. All three women admitted to being drunk during the assault, Costello noted.

He said two men not pictured in the cell phone video took advantage of the situation and “baited” the attack on the informant.

“But those men are not in the courtroom,” Costello told Carlos. “You put yourself in the cross-hairs.”

Carlos has juvenile criminal history that includes assault. Kelley has no other criminal history.

Initially, Craig Frye Jr., 21, of London, was charged with the attack. However, those charges were dismissed since Frye does not appear in the cell phone video.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.

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