LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville man has been sentenced to prison for murder for the third time in his life.

WLKY-TV in Louisville reported that 70-year-old James Seay got 20 years in prison on Tuesday for the stabbing and beating death of another man in 2013.

Seay was initially convicted of murder in 1982 and spent 14 years in prison and was released in 1996. He went back to prison for 24 years after being convicted of killing another man in 1996.

He was released from the second sentence in 2011.

The latest case started in February 2013 when Orville Avis was found stabbed and beaten to death inside his apartment.

Seay pleaded guilty in August.

Man Convicted Of Human Trafficking Sentenced To 10 Years

A Louisville man who admitted trying to sell a teenager for sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Justin Ritter pleaded guilty to human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor. Prosecutors say he offered a 17-year-old girl for sex to an undercover police officer.

Ritter offered a brief apology in court.

“I would just like to apologize to the victim, man, that’s it. That’s all I got to say,” he said.

Ritter will have to register as a sex offender.

Another co-defendant in the case pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has blocked a Kentucky law barring judicial candidates from disclosing their party affiliations to voters.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar on Wednesday found that the rule violates the First Amendment to the constitution. Thapar’s ruling comes less than a week before voters across the state will vote on state Supreme Court judges and other jurists down the ballot.

The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by two northern Kentucky men – one currently a judicial candidate in Campbell County and the other a former candidate in Kenton County.

The state’s canons of judicial ethics ban candidates from the bench from disclosing an affiliation with either party.

Thapar, an appointee of President George W. Bush, issued the temporary restraining order after concluding the rule is vague.

DEATH PENALTY NEWS: TEXAS EXECUTES TRIPLE-MURDERER. ** I know my pal Patrick Delahanty and his band of anti-death penalty buddies will get their panties all in a wad over this news.**

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former gang member was put to death Tuesday evening for the fatal shootings of three rivals 14 years ago in San Antonio.

Miguel Paredes, 32, was convicted along with two other men in the September 2000 slayings of three people with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The victims’ bodies were rolled up in a carpet, driven about 50 miles southwest, dumped and set on fire. A farmer investigating a grass fire found the remains.

Paredes was pronounced dead at 6:54 p.m. CDT, 22 minutes after being injected with a lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital. The execution was delayed slightly to ensure the IV lines were functioning properly, said Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. The procedure calls for two working lines.

Normally needles are placed in the crease of an inmate’s arms near the elbows, but in Paredes’ case, prison officials inserted IV lines into his hands.

As witnesses entered the death chamber in Huntsville, Paredes smiled and mouthed several kisses to four friends watching through a window and repeatedly told them he loved them. He told everyone gathered that he hoped his victims’ family members would “let go of all of the hate because of all my actions.”

“I came in as a lion and I come as peaceful as a lamb,” Paredes said. “I’m at peace. I hope society sees who else they are hurting with this.”

As the drugs began taking effect, he took several deep breaths while praying. He started to snore and eventually stopped.

The execution was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a last-day appeal from attorneys who contended Paredes was mentally impaired and his previous lawyers were deficient for not investigating his mental history.

His was the 10th lethal injection this year in Texas, the nation’s most active death-penalty state. One other Texas inmate is set to die in December and at least nine are scheduled for execution in early 2015, including four in January.

Prosecutors said Paredes was the most aggressive shooter when Nelly Bravo and Shawn Michael Cain, both 23, and Adrian Torres, 27, showed up to collect drug money at the home of John Anthony Saenz, a leader in Paredes’ gang.

Defense attorneys argued that Paredes, who turned 18 six weeks before the slayings, grew up in a neighborhood where the only way to survive was to join a gang.

No friends or relatives of the victims attended Paredes’ execution. Cain’s family said in a statement afterward that Cain was “no longer with us for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“Our family has waited 14 years for justice to finally be served,” the statement said.

Paperwork carrying Saenz’s name was found in the debris with the victims’ bodies and helped police solve the case. Saenz, 32, claimed self-defense and avoided the death penalty when jurors sentenced him to life. The third man convicted in the killings, Greg Alvarado, 35, pleaded guilty and also is serving life in prison.


1. 62% of Criminals Were Probated!

2. 54% of Probation Violators Were Re-Probated



Missouri Prepares For 9th Execution Of 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missouri is preparing to execute a man who wasn’t able to appeal his conviction in federal court because his attorneys missed a filing deadline to do so.

Mark Christeson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday for the killing of a woman and her two children in 1998.

Christeson had two appeals pending with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. One challenges the state’s planned use of a made-to-order execution drug produced by an unnamed compounding pharmacy. The other argues that Christeson deserves the chance to appeal his case in federal courts, which is the norm for inmates sentenced to death.

Christeson would be the ninth person executed by Missouri this year, which would equal the state record set in 1999.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Domestic Violence Prevention Board has just published a new informational brochure aimed at helping young people learn to identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.  Sadly, Kentucky may be the very last state in the United States in which victims of violence in dating relationships have no right to a protective order.  This sends exactly the wrong message to young people caught in a violent dating relationship and this brochure is an effort to help young people realize the risk in unhealthy relationships and where they can get help if needed.  If only our legislators would act to put laws in place to protect victims of dating violence and reinforce the message that violence is wrong and love shouldn’t hurt!





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