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Court/Criminal

  • McFarland requests hearing for possible reduction in sentence

    A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of his former stepdaughter has requested another court hearing.

    David McFarland, 47, of Magnolia, claims he was a victim of domestic abuse and should be exempt from the requirement that he serve 85 percent of his 18-year sentence, according to court records.

    If his request is granted by LaRue Circuit Court, he could be eligible to serve only 20 percent of his sentence.

  • New Hope man pleads guilty to rape, sex abuse

    Pascal “Pat” Jones, 51, was sentenced to five years in prison for first-degree sexual abuse in Nelson Circuit Court last week. The week before, in Marion County, Jones was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree rape. The sentence will be served concurrently with Jones' Nelson County sentence.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencing

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial. Unless otherwise stated, all jail sentences are served concurrently.

  • COURT BRIEFS - November 2011

    Guilty plea
    Rudolph E. Adams (1965) pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in LaRue Circuit Court to a charge of theft by unlawful taking/disposition - auto. Recommended sentence is three years to be probated. Defendant furloughed until final sentencing on Nov. 7.

    Guilty plea

  • Burglary charges to be heard by grand jury

    A grand jury will hear charges of second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking against two Hodgenville men.

    Kevin LeeWayne Lewis, 21, and Joseph L. Sheldon, 20, are accused of entering a residence on Upton-Talley Road and taking an iPod Nano and a small collector’s John Deere mailbox with change in it.

    Probable cause was found Nov. 3 in LaRue District Court to send the charges to a higher court. Bond was set at $25,000 with no release until a GPS has been provided to the men. They were ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or location.

  • LaRue judge attends seminar

    District Court judges from across Kentucky, including LaRue County District Court Judge C. Derek Reed participated in the 2011 Kentucky District Judges College that took place Oct. 18-21 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort.

    Reed also serves Hart County.

  • Man charged with wanton endangerment after shots fired at Trick-or-Treat

     A Hodgenville man was charged with wanton endangerment Monday night after discharging a weapon in a restaurant.

  • Chief deputy pleads guilty to sexual abuse of female inmates

      Former LaRue County Chief Deputy Jailer Travis Jay Strader pleaded guilty Friday to numerous charges that he provided narcotics, marijuana and alcohol to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors. 

  • Murphy to serve 52 weekends for striking officer with truck

    A Hodgenville man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree assault of a police officer.
    Jimmy Dale Murphy, 43, admitted to driving the pickup that struck 30-year veteran city officer Dennis Wells as he directed traffic in front of Hodgenville Elementary School in January.
    He pleaded guilty also to one count each of operating on suspended or revoked operators license and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic.
    He was sentenced to eight years on assault; 12 months for driving on suspended license; and 30 days on disregarding signal.

  • Several local people indicted in Hart County

    A Hart County grand jury indicted several people in October.

    They include:

    Sarah M. Sallee, 25, of Magnolia was indicted on one count of first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and complicity; possession of marijuana and complicity; and possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity.

    Michelle L. Lineske, 33, of Sonora, was indicted on one count of first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and complicity; possession of marijuana and complicity; and possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity.