Felony Strangulation Law Now in Effect



Strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. Kentucky’s felony strangulation law becomes effective today and to better prosecute these important cases Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Kathy Phillips and Amanda Parker, along with Advocate Erica Bybee, are attending the Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention in Indianapolis with trainers Casey Gwinn, Esq – Alliance for HOPE International President (Former Lead/ Elected Prosecutor- San Diego) Gael Strack, Esq CEO & Co-founder of HOPE (Former Head Deputy Prosecutor of DV & Child Abuse Unit – San Diego) Dr. William Smock – Louisville Metro Police Dept Director & Police Surgeon, Clinical Forensic Medical Program. 


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Jury Recommends 10 year sentence for home burglary

May 31, 2017

Last Thursday, a Fayette County jury convicted Wade Alvin Stevenson of residential burglary, tampering with evidence, and being a persistent felon.

On October 16th, 2015, Stevenson entered a home on State Street and stole a wallet and car keys from the bedroom of the sleeping victim. Upon awakening, the victim and his roommate went outside looking for the burglar. They saw Stevenson across the street from their home. They confronted him and called 911. The responding Lexington Police Officers and the victim witnessed the Stevenson throwing down the victim’s keys. Later the stolen wallet and its contents were found in the direct walking path that the Defendant took when he left the victim’s home.

Stevenson has a lengthy criminal history spanning two decades and notably had only been released from prison 15 days before he committed these new crimes. The jury recommended a 10 year sentence on both the burglary and the tampering charges. Judge Thomas Travis set formal sentencing for July 21st. Prosecutor in the case was Katie Bouvier.

Manslaughter Second Degree Conviction

Manslaughter Second Degree Conviction

After three days of trial, Donald Roark was convicted of manslaughter second degree in the shooting death of Corenz White on January 3, 2016. Roark had gone to an apartment complex off of Red Mile Road with  White and the White’s brother in the late hours of January 2, 2016. During a confrontation after a party that evening, Roark shot Corenz White in the chest resulting in his death.

Body camera from an apartment security guard captured Roark dragging the body of Corenz White through the apartment complex shortly after the shooting.  Roark was indicted for murder, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter 2nd Degree, recommending the maximum sentence of 10 years. Roark is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Thomas Travis, 8th Division, on July 21, 2016.  Prosecutors were Paco Villalobos and Kathy Phillips.

Defendants Convicted After Trial of Tampering with Physical Evidence, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Unauthorized Practice of Law

On Tuesday, a Fayette County jury convicted James Joseph Gormley, III and Jennifer Jane Dunlap of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class D felony. The jury also found Dunlap guilty of Theft by Unlawful Taking and found Gormley guilty of Unauthorized Practice of Law.

On July 6, 2016, Jennifer Dunlap entered the Bryan Station Road Kroger with an empty cart and attempted to walk out with a Nutri-Ninja food processor, three packages of steaks, and a package of diet green tea, without paying. Kroger’s security measures activated, sounding an alarm and engaging brakes on the wheels of her cart, preventing her from leaving with the stolen goods. When Kroger management and loss-prevention officers confronted her, she showed them a receipt, claiming at various times that she’d just bought the items, or that she had in fact walked in with the food processor and intended to return it. Kroger employees testified that none of the items in her cart were on the receipt, and that the receipt was from a different Kroger, three days prior.

Dunlap asked to call an attorney, and called Gormley, her ex-boyfriend. Gormley, once a licensed attorney, was disbarred after being convicted of a felony. Gormley showed up alone, leading the police officer present to believe he was Dunlap’s attorney. He did not tell the officer otherwise. After asking to meet with Dunlap alone, Gormley was seen picking up the receipt and handing it to Dunlap, who folded it and placed it inside her shirt. Gormley then lied to the officer about having done so.

The jury recommended a two-year sentence for Dunlap on the Tampering charge, and the maximum five years for Gormley. Judge Pamela Goodwine set formal sentencing for June 23rd.  Prosecutors in the case were Katie Bouvier and Michael Barnett.

THE WEEK OF May 1 – May 5, 2017

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