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A Hodgenville man pleaded guilty Monday to the attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl. He could serve up to 30 years for the crimes.
Jetto Dye, 29, admitted in LaRue Circuit Court to taking a sleeping child from his residence into a wooded area behind his house on River Road and attempting to rape her. Dye admitted also to attempting to choke her when she resisted the sexual assault.
The child’s parents had been visiting at Dye’s home and left briefly while the child was asleep. The assault occurred during their brief absence, according to court documents. The child’s screams led the adults to her location.
The child was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Dye fled into the woods, prompting a search by Post 4 Troopers and K-9 Faro.
He was later treated at a Louisville hospital for a severe dog bite to the leg after he failed to cooperate with officers.
Circuit Judge Charles Simms III found Dye competent to enter a plea. He sentenced Dye to 15 years for attempted first-degree rape; 15 years for attempted murder; 20 years on an amended charge of kidnapping, no serious physical injury; with time to run concurrently; and 10 years for first-degree sexual abuse to run consecutively for a total of 30 years.
He also was sentenced to 12 months on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. The time will run concurrently.
Dye must complete 20 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. He waived his automatic right of appeal to a higher court.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Whitney Meredith said the victim’s mother was present in court and understood the amended charge of kidnapping. No serious physical injury was sustained by the child and the family wanted to “move on,” she said.
Dye is required to register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender treatment program before he is considered for parole. He is to have no contact with the victim or her family.
Final sentencing is Jan. 7. At that time, the court will hear victim impact statements.