Grace Pauline Kelley, the daughter of Wynonna Judd, was handed an eight-year sentence after she vacated a drug recovery program that was mandated by the courts as part of her probation.
Kelley was arrested in May 2017 for the manufacturing, selling, delivery and possession of meth with intent. The charge was issued in Williamson County in Tennessee, and the neighbouring Maury County also charged Kelley with possession of methamphetamines. The sentence that was handed down included 180 days in a rehab facility. However, Kelley chose to leave and ultimately break the conditions of her probation resulting in the jail sentence.
A Williamson County spokesperson said,
“The defendant was terminated from the recovery court program on Nov. 21, 2017. A warrant for probation violation was served on Dec. 16, 2017.”
This is not the first time Judd’s daughter has faced legal troubles. On a trip home from boarding school, Kelley disappeared while on a layover. This resulted in her being sent to a behavioural camp for a six-month stint. Concerned over her troubles, Ashley Judd, Wynonna’s sister was granted custody of Kelley in 2013.
Judd’s daughter also was in the news after an arrest in December of 2015 while in a parking lot in Nashville. Police charged her with the promotion of meth manufacture. However, this was later reduced to possession of meth. In 2016, the troubled Kelley, while on probation, had an arrest warrant issued for being a fugitive from justice. The latter saw her probation revoked and sent to jail.
Grace Pauline Kelley is Wynonna’s daughter with Arch Kelly III. Kelly is expected to be released from prison in Aug 2025, however, will be eligible for parole in 2019 and is not expected to serve the entire eight-year sentence.
Wynonna Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella on the 3oth of May in 1964. Wynonna rose to fame as part of the singing group the Judds which included Wynonna and her mother, Naomi. The Judds released seven albums along with almost 30 singles. In total, they had fourteen number one hits.
In 1991, the mother/daughter duo chose to disband, and Wynonna embarked on her solo career. Over the course of her solo career, Wynonna released eight albums, including a live album and a holiday album. Her first album produced three singles that climbed the charts to number one. They included “No One Else on Earth”, “I Saw the Light” and “She Is His Only Need”. The singer has excelled in other interests that include philanthropy, acting and writing.