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4 Indicted on Federal Charges After Inmate Dies of Overdose in Kenton Jail

Four people are indicted on federal charges resulting from the death of a 25-year old woman at the Kenton County Detention Center, including the victim's mother.

In September, Jamie Lynn Green, 25, died of a heroin overdose one day after arriving at the Covington jail from the Campbell County Detention Center. Four people now face federal charges in relation to Green's death. 

A federal grand jury indicted Michael Terrell Howard and Kimberly M. Mullins on one count of conspiring to distribute heroin in Campbell County, and then there are two additional counts related to conspiracy and distribution of heroin in Kenton Co. charged against Howard and Mullins, as well as Lynnette Ball and Lisa Lattimore.

The first count against Howard and Mullins could lead to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million, according to the federal indictment. Each would also face up to 3 years of supervised release upon exiting prison. Prior drug felony convictions increases the possible sentence to 30 years, the fine to up to $2 million, and the supervised release term to 6 years. 

The two counts faced by all four defendants could lead to prison sentences of 20 years to life and a $1 million fine.

Mullins is Green's mother.

Howard (pictured right), 41, has been in the Campbell Co. Detention Center since November 11. Lattimore (pictured top center), 35, is also in the Campbell County Detention Center where she has been since November 13. Mullins (pictured left), 44, was arrested on November 17 and is in the Kenton County Detention Center. Ball, 39, is not listed as a current inmate in Boone, Kenton, or Campbell County jails. Her mugshot in the above image (pictured bottom center) is from a 2010 arrest in Boone County.

Details about the nature of the conspiracy and distribution of heroin that investigators believe killed Green while in custody, were not immediately available. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the eastern district of Kentucky in Lexington had no further comment when contacted by The River City News. A final pre-trial conference is scheduled for December 22.

Jury trial before U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar on January 11 at the United States Courthouse in Covington.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher